Panther's Roster: Jason Garrison

The Trade Deadline is February 28th at 3PM EST. What we’re doing everyday until then is do an honest roster break down of the current roster for the month of February. Today, we look at Jason Garrison

The term ‘late bloomer’ was used at one time to describe Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison. But the term being used more and more these days to describe him is “soild”

In fact in a recent interview Dale Tallon said that Garrison was one of the surprises to him when he came to South Florida “I’m surprised how well he has played, he is a solid defensemen for us”

Garrison signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in April of 2008…a bold move on the part of then Panthers GM Uncle Jack who said at the time…

“We are very pleased that Jason has decided to be part of the Panthers organization,” said Martin. “He is a big and strong puck moving defenseman who was one of his team’s top players during his tenure at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jason is a high character individual who will be given the opportunity to make our club in training camp and we look forward to both his on-ice and off-ice contributions to the Panthers organization.”

Also at the time soon to be former GM Randy Sexton said…

 “When we started to watch him play it was clear this guy had a real shot of playing in the NHL… He’s a hard worker, has a great attitude, clearly skates well and shoots the puck like a pro. We’d like to see him be more aggressive physically, and we think that will come as he gets more comfortable and builds his confidence”

Even though Garrison may have had to work harder than others to make it to the NHL it is because of his attitude and passion that we see him playing solid minutes now for the Cats

“I was a late bloomer,” Garrison said “I didn’t play juniors until my 19-year-old year. I just tried working hard and developing my game… I know it’s been said about me that I have to get more aggressive, and that’s what I need to do. I have to take that part of the game and mold it into the other things I do well and just become more of a complete player.”

He has certainly done that and has become a key part of the Panthers shut down paring of Dmen alongside Mike Weaver…the duo has helped the Panthers lead the league in penalty killing and hopefully he will be a key part of this franchises future…

I know we complain a lot about Martin as a GM but we do have to give him props for Garrison…the kid has a real future with the team…I highly doubt we will see him move anywhere soon

What do you think of Garrison?

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