CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Patrick Wey
Age: 23 [turns 24 March 21]
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 200
Penalty minutes: 5
Average Ice Time: 14:35
Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $1.8 million entry level contract [$640,000 cap hit]
Strengths: When he’s at his best, Wey is quickly getting the puck out of his own zone while using his big body to stand players up at the blue line, retreat and dig pucks out of corners. Taken by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2009 draft [115th overall], Wey is still a work in progress, splitting time between the ECHL Reading Royals [8 games, 3 assists, plus-2], AHL Hershey Bears [28 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, plus-7] and Washington.
Weaknesses: When new Caps GM Brian MacLellan talked about a renewed focus on player development, Wey was among the players that came to mind. Once he settled into a defined role in Hershey Wey’s development flourished. At the NHL level his competitiveness came into question and, ironically, his first NHL fight ended his season.
Memorable Moment: On March 30 in Nashville, Wey delivered a clean, hard check on Rich Clune in front of the Capitals bench. Clune, a veteran of 31 fights in 112 NHL games, connected with a series of right hands before dropping Wey to the ice with a right uppercut. Wey, who had fought only one other time in his entire career, needed help off the ice and missed the remaining eight games of the season with a concussion, the fourth of his career. Capitals rookie Tom Wilson challenged Clune several times in the final two periods but Clune never obliged with a fight.
Quotable: “I reached out to the kid on Washington just to express the fact that I hope he's OK and it wasn't my intention to hurt him. He was the one kind of engaging me, and I had no idea who he was. I don't even look at the other team's roster before the game. I just see the names they write on the board. The kid said he was OK." – Rich Clune on the text message he sent to Wey following their March 30 fight.
2014-15 Expectations: According to MacLellan, Wey has been medically cleared to resume offseason workouts. He’ll challenge Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt for ice time next season and will be one of many Capitals prospects who should benefit from a new set of eyes at both the NHL level [Barry Trotz and MacLellan] and the AHL level with a yet-to-be-named Bears coach.