Shawn Matthias might be only 25, but it seems like he’s been around the Panthers forever. Matthias made his debut with the Panthers in 2008 and on Friday was the only Florida player on the ice to have played alongside Winnipeg’s Olli Jokinen during his time as the Panthers’ captain. “I’m really trying to show my stuff this year, run with the ball,” said Matthias, who was an emergency call-up from his junior team in 2008 and scored his first NHL goal after Jokinen redirected Matthias’ shot toward the goal with his backside. With Stephen Weiss out for the season with a wrist injury that will require surgery Tuesday, coach Kevin Dineen said he has asked more of Matthias. No longer playing wing on Florida’s third or fourth line, Matthias is back to his natural position of center. On Friday, he scored his second goal since Weiss went on the injured list and third in the past five games. Dineen said it has been good seeing Matthias playing with the speed and strength he sometimes hasn’t displayed during his time with the Panthers.
Greater role for Florida Panthers’ Shawn Matthias
Published On: Mar 10 2013 08:08:29 AM CDT Updated On: Mar 10 2013 08:08:29 AM CDT
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