At just 18 years of age, Weinstein is already making waves in the hockey world during his third full season with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. His remarkable performance last season, tallying 18 points with 4 goals and 14 assists in 57 games, placed him third among Chiefs defensemen in scoring.
Standing tall at 6 feet and weighing in at 174 pounds, Weinstein showcased his skills at the Avalanche’s 2023-24 development camp, rookie camp, and training camp. His dedication paid off as he not only appeared in a preseason game for the Avs but also skated in two intense matchups for Colorado at the 2023 Rookie Faceoff tournament in Las Vegas. In a thrilling turn of events, Weinstein clinched victory for the team with a game-winning goal in the final match against the Vegas Golden Knights.
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Originally hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Weinstein has accumulated an impressive track record, amassing 32 points (5 goals and 27 assists) in 122 career WHL contests. His expertise isn’t limited to the regular season; he has also demonstrated his prowess in four WHL postseason games. Moreover, on the international stage, Weinstein represented his homeland at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, contributing one assist in five appearances, ultimately aiding Canada in securing the coveted gold medal.
This strategic signing not only bolsters the Avalanche’s defensive lineup but also signifies a promising future for the young athlete. As he joins the ranks of the Avalanche, fans can eagerly anticipate witnessing Weinstein’s exceptional skills and dedication unfold on the ice, adding depth and strength to the team’s defensive strategies.
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This past season in the WHL, showed the progression in Weinstein’s overall game. He continued to play very physically but made more of an effort to transition the puck up ice as compared to the 2021-22 season.
According to various scouts, Weinstein has been labeled as a hard-hitting defender with quickness to his game. His breakout skills have also uncovered a new offensive aspect to his play that recently came to light last season.
For Weinstein to continue his progression and overall development he’ll need to rely on other facets aside from just his size in the defensive zone. That would include, better positioning and using the poke check more often instead of solely taking the body when defending against opponents.