*Buzzsaw* Posted January 17, 2015 Share Posted January 17, 2015 Watching his progress this year, and his general improvement in confidence, I have to believe Shaun Mattias is going to be 2nd line/top 6 either late this season or starting next year. Not only are we seeing the offensive flair from him, he is also becoming better defensively... yeah he is -4 right now, but he is seeing quite a bit of PK time and overall I believe his ice time is up. He has so much upside offensively the defensive gaffes he occasionally makes would be balanced out, especially if he is on a line with forwards who are defensively responsible. He will be 27 years old next year... usually that is the age when mid range players peak... I don't think he'll be any exception. I would like to see him get more PP time on the 2nd unit... I think he might solve some of the zone entry problems that group has been having. Everyone is saying Bonino's move to the unit with Mattias is a demotion, not so sure that is the case... Mattias will make room for Bonino and will be able to utilize Bonino's passing skills. His strength along the boards is a good complement. In many ways the line with Burrows/Richardson/Higgins is the defensive shutdown line... Bonino is now free to focus on offense with Mattias on his line. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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