While many players enter the NHL draft hoping to play in the highest level of hockey in the coming years, very few take the route of playing college hockey. One player who has is Capitals prospect, Patrick Wey. Wey, 21, is entering his fourth and final season with the Boston College Eagles this fall looking to help the Eagles towards their third NCAA championship in the last four years.
Washington selected Wey in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL entry draft, drafting the right handed defenseman with the 115th overall pick. He has proved to be a solid defensive prescence on the Boston College blue line, anchoring the Eagles to an NCAA championship during his tenure with the team. Wey has played a shutdown defensive role thusfar, but will need to develop his offensive skills to become a two way defenseman at the professional level. In his three years at Boston College, Wey has registered 3 goals and 17 assists.
The 2012-2013 NCAA season will be his final year at Boston College, signaling the beginning of his career in professional hockey the following season. Like many other NHL draftees that attend college, Wey has yet to sign an NHL contract. The most logical choice would be with the Washington Capitals, the team that drafted the 21 year old defenseman. If he can’t agree to a contract with Washington, Wey would have to wait another year to sign with another NHL team. Another option could be a one year deal with an AHL team. The deal would pay him considerably less, but he would instantly receive playing time and become the focal point of the team.
However, in all likelihood Wey will sign an entry level deal with the Washington Capitals. It’s the most logical scenario for Wey and he could start playing for the organization in the 2013-2014 season with the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. He needs to develop his offensive game and is not fully ready for the NHL quite yet. I believe he should spend at last two years in the AHL before a potential call up to Washington. Wey projects as a bottom four defenseman at the NHL level, after a few years in the American Hockey League. He could be a valuable asset that could eventually see time on the third pairing of Washington defense.
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