Panthers' Roster: Mike Weaver

Undrafted by the NHL, Weaver was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on June 15, 2000 after spending season in and out of the minors he finally got a chance to play in the NHL the last few seasons.

“You’re going to love this guy,” assistant general manager Mike Santos said at the start of training camp.

Weaver has been as consistent a defenseman as possible, while one of the smallest players in the league, he sure plays up a level…Weaver helps out on the penalty kill with his long reach and his willingness to flop to the ice to block a shot.

“He’s good for goalies,” Tomas Vokoun said. “You have to understand what you are there for, what your role on a team is. He does. He’s doing it really well. You have to find a way to stay in this league, especially if you have some sort of disadvantage. He plays hard every night. That’s why he’s in the NHL.”

Pete DeBoer said “He plays bigger than his size. He’s just been a real addition for us. How can you not love the guy? He plays hard every day and is a consummate team guy. He’s not looking for goals or points, he just takes a lot of pride in the details in the game. Guys really respect that. He probably wasn’t given much of a chance to play in the NHL as a defensive defenseman. There’s not a lot of 5-9 guys there. He’s found a niche and a way to do a lot of little subtle things to be an effective player.”

Weaver brings a grit that the Panthers have been lacking for a while he works hard every night and was instrumental in our PK stats this year…

This is the kind of guy we want Tallon to find…an under the radar signing that bring depth to the team for low cost…these type of guys will make the Cats stronger and I hope Mike wears the Panther crest for a long time!

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