In an interview with the Sun Sentinel’s Steve Gorten, Florida Panther forward David Booth says that he’s ready for the upcoming season and that he’s 100% recovered from the two concussions that he received last year on hits from Philadelphia’s Mike Richards and Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek.
Booth says that since May 2010, he’s had no headaches, no dizziness, and no after affects of either hit. Fortunately due to the offseason there’s been no reason to rush himself into game shape, however Booth has been working diligently on his off ice workouts. He’s pretty motivated as he told Gorten, and he’s out to prove that he’s one of the better players in the leauge, and that his scoring ability is something that the Florida Panthers can count on.
I’m sure many of us will cringe at the first few hits that Booth takes, especially if he hits his head, or is leveled to the ice on an open ice hit. Having never played the game on ice myself, I cannot say how h’e going to feel or respond to the physicality that is part of this game. People are always concerned about the severity of concussions and Booth’s condidtion will be no different.
I like David, and I think he’s a pretty solid player, while maybe not a true number one left wing, that’s the position that he’ll be playing. However, he had played pretty aggressively up until the first hit, and naturally looked a bit cautious in his comeback and prior to the second hit. How he plays going forward will determine his ability to score and also to create scoring chances. Will he crash the boards? Will he drive the net? Will he skate hard down the wing, and try to split the defence? It’s easy for all of us to say yes he’ll be the same. As for me? I’m not so sure.
It will probably take David a few games to get the nerves and cautiousness out of his system, but if there’s any advice I can give him it’s this:
PLEASE BEWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, AND KNOW WHO IS ON THE ICE!
Beyond that, I wish you the best of luck this season. The Panthers are going to need you, and they’re going to need you to score 25- 30 goals or so to make this a successful comeback, and give us all hope that you can be part of the future.
It wouldn’t hurt if the Panthers acquired some toughness on the rtoster though. I’m just not feeling too comfortable with the players we have should we need a little muscle.
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