Dale Weise has been an unsung hero in the Canadien's success so far this season. The largest factors to Montreal's success has been goalie Carey Price and his amazing performances every game and the Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher line. However, Weise and his contributions are rarely ever mentioned.
Weise, a 27-year-old Winnipeg native has caused an outrage in Montreal during the Canadien's game against Edmonton. He missed an open net and lost a golden opportunity to win the game as the Canadiens lost their second game in the season.
However, it is Weise's comeback during the next game that caused the most attention. During the Canadien's game against the Calgary Flames, Weise managed to net his first career hat-trick in the NHL and led the Canadien's to a 6-2 victory. Weise's line contributed in most of the offensive production that game while the Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gallagher line was uncharacteristically quiet that night.
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Weise also had seven shots on net as well as a plus three plus/minus rating during the game. The former Canuck has been enjoying a very productive season so far as well. During the twelve games that he has played, Weise has scored six goals and registered two assists. These numbers are a huge jump from his performance last year.
During the 2014-2015 season, Weise scored a career high ten goals and registered a total of 29 points in 79 games.
Weise's offensive production has bolstered the Canadien's offensive output as well. The 27-year-old forward leads the third line in points, and his goal scoring ability has also increased his line's overall offensive production. Instead of having two very reliable lines that can score goals, the Canadiens now have a third line that poses a legitimate threat to any team in the league.
The Canadiens will play the Winnipeg Jets on November 1.