Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber has often said he'll play wherever the team wants. Three weeks into the season, though, it's pretty clear that the back end is where he belongs.
Before Saturday's game, Weber was fourth on the team in ice time per game, averaging 20 minutes, 12 seconds per night. He ranked second among Montreal defensemen in scoring, trailing Josh Gorges by two points. His two goals led all Canadiens blueliners and his plus-6 differential led the entire roster.
"It's nice to be out there a lot," Weber said after Wednesday's win over the Flyers. "I like to play a lot of minutes and I'm glad I get the chance on the power play to use my shot and the penalty kill, if I'm needed, to work with the guys. I'm glad I'm getting the ice time and the opportunity to show that I belong in this lineup."
It is quite a turnaround from the start of the season, which saw Weber utilized as a fourth-line forward, partially due ...