Yannick Weber will get a chance to play his natural position tonight when the Canadiens play the New Jersey Devils in Newark. Since his recall November 17th Weber has played in only two of the seven Canadiens games, and in both games he was used as a forward in five-on-five situations. Playing with Tom Pyatt and Lars Eller he logged a total of just over eleven minutes even-strength playing time over the two games.
After watching him struggle last night against the Oillers, coach Jacques Martin has relegated P.K. Subban to the press box and Weber will take a regular turn on defence for the first time alongside Alexandre Picard.
When he was called up, through fifteen games at Hamilton, Weber was leading all AHL defenseman in goals with eight and was fifth in points with 12.. Four of the eight goals came on the Bulldogs power play. The drawback is, and has always been, his defensive play which had him at a rating of minus-five.
Making Subban a healthy scratch won’t sit well with his growing fan club, but Martin has obviously decided that his 21 year old defenseman needs some time to reflect upon the indiscretions he committed during the game against Edmonton last night. Twice his gambling approach led to Oilers goals, including the game winner in overtime. Subban joins Dustin Boyd on tonight’s sidelines. It’s the twelfth consecutive game for Boyd as a healthy scratch.