Matthias was acquired in the Roberto Luongo trade but at this time appears to be no better than a third-line centre. Matthias has a history of being great in the month of March. In March, 2013 he had 11 goals and two assists (13 points) in 16 games, and already has three goals and two assists (five points) in two games in March. He is expected to centre the third line with David Booth and Tom Sestito likely on his wings.
The Panthers have traded Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony.
Matthias, 26, has nine goals and seven assists (16 points) in 59 games with the Panthers this season. He set a career-high with 14 goals in last year's shortened season, but has taken a step back this year.
That means bubble players such as Shawn Matthias, Evgeny Dadonov are safe for now.
Matthias figures to begin the season on the fourth line. Last season he scored six goals and 16 points over 51 games for the Panthers, forcing the young forward to compete for playing time. Following a successful Junior career with the Belleville Bulls, the pivot never scored more than 10 goals and 20 points over three professional seasons.
The fourth-year forward was given some sense of security when the Panthers signed him to a two-year deal with a guaranteed $900,000 in year two.
Matthias's camp spent most of the offseason fighting for a one-way deal -- a caveat the Panthers eventually caved into, in year two. This season Matthias is in no way guaranteed a roster spot. Draft accordingly in deeper leagues.