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Yearning To Get Better

Monday, 08.13.2012 / 11:00 AM ET / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Yearning To Get Better
Matthias carries the puck against the San Jose Sharks in a game this past season (Getty Images)

Shawn Matthias isn’t the type to settle after having a career year.

The sign of a great athlete is when they continue to evolve and make improvements on their game. Matthias’ yearning to get better shows that he’s willing to do just that.

“I had career highs, but I had a slow start and a bad ending so I think I could have done a lot better than I did,” he explained. “I think last year was a step in the right direction, but I just have to work hard all season, I got to stay in shape, [and] I got to be prepared.”

Regardless, Matthias had a solid season for the Panthers last year. He topped his previous career highs by tallying 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) as well as posting 49 penalty minutes. His previous career high in points was 16, which he accumulated in each of the previous two years.

However, Matthias knows he can do better. And while he is spending his summer with his family and “getting some much needed rest”, he is working out a lot this summer to improve on his career-best totals from last season.

“I go to a hockey specific trainer and there are other hockey players in there [as well],” said Matthias recently. “We are working out 2 -2 ½ hours a day and working hard five days a week.

“I’ve worked hard all summer so far to be ready for next year and I think my best year is going to be coming up this next season.”

Playing in nearly every game this past season helped Matthias understand what it took to get through the grind of a season. With that in mind plus his vigorous summer workout regimen, the Missisauga, Ont. native can’t wait for the season to finally start.

“I’ve had some injuries and stuff that kept me out of a quite a few games in years before,” said Matthias. “I think this year playing pretty much the whole season [made me] realize how tough it is, but I’m prepared for next season… and I look forward to going to camp and showing everybody that I’m ready and [I’m ready to]open some eyes.”

The Panthers of course captured their first Southeast division crown last year and GM Dale Tallon had a lot to do with that. Matthias has been in South Florida since before Tallon came to town and he has seen first-hand how Tallon has changed the culture in Sunrise.

It’s [having Tallon as GM] awesome; it’s a close team. Everybody cares about each other and everybody wants to win… and that’s what it’s all about,” he said. “I’m excited to be a part of this team going forward and I want to be here a long time.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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