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Poised for Success

Tuesday, 08.29.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Poised for Success

Stephen Weiss spent the summer preparing to make 2006-07 his year. Will it be?

He looked so innocent. With his pale-white face pressed against the frosted glass, dark blue hoodie pulled over unkempt hair and eyes wide like teacup saucers, this adolescent is seemingly watching hockey practice in a vacuum.

Beyond the six-inch thick glass, a motley crew of hockey players is running through a series of drills, designed to energize sets of legs that have been mostly dormant for the summer. Most of the players are local amateurs, with some college and minor players and a few NHL guys sprinkled in. Among them are Panthers stars Olli Jokinen and Todd Bertuzzi, and new Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

But the boy behind the looking glass isn't concerned with them. He has his eyes on someone more his size. Directly in his line of sight is a medium sized, fresh faced young man, barely distinguishable from the amateurs skating with him, save for the blue Panthers practice jersey that falls across his shoulders.

But then he takes off, accelerating down the ice with a burst of speed that makes the boy's eyes widen even further. He follows as the blue jersey picks up the puck at the red line, blows past a hapless defender, and deftly slides the puck over Luongo's shoulder and into the upper corner of the net.

The boy catches a closer glimpse of the player's face, looks up quizzically at his father standing beside him and asks, "Dad...is that Stephen Weiss?"

The father's answer is quick and assured, "Don't think so son...Stephen Weiss isn't really that fast."

What this father-son duo found out later, is exactly what opposing National Hockey League defenses are going to find out once the preseason gets going on Sept. 17 – that is Stephen Weiss, and he is really that fast.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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