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06-02-2008, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by PanthersRule96 View Post
Just for future reference:
As much as I know Matthias could make our top line at some point of the season, or even start there, every time other teams see that Matthias is our projected first line center, it makes us look stupid collectively as panthers fans. He has a ton of potential but some people say his upside is a good 2nd line 2 way center, not even top line, so throwing him on the top line and expecting us to make the playoffs with him there isn't a good idea. We relied on Horton, Weiss, Olesz, and Bouw to improve and lead us into the playoffs and they've progressed slightly slower than expected for the most part and that's after a few years of progression, so expecting the same out of Matthias isn't smart. The smartest move we could make would be sign a solid offensive forward out there who can play 1st or 2nd line (not another Zednik, McLean etc...) and let Matthias start the year out on the 3rd line with players like Olesz and Kreps or Peltonen or Stumpel or Zednik as his wingers. That way he doesn't have the pressure of being a savoir for the team.
I agree that we shouldn't pin any hopes on the kid, and I'm not, I was just going off what Olli said about the kid when he was up. He said he was willing to move to the wing to play on a line with him and really enjoyed playing with him. Olli's done a good job with less skilled guys like McLean, he may be able to do some things with Matthias.

This team as a whole has been embarrassing, I don't think there's too much to make us look worse.

Future now!
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