Mike Matheson is likely to start his Pittsburgh career as a third pairing defenseman.
GM Jim Rutherford was on 105.9 WXDX Friday and while he thought Matheson has the capability to play as a top-four defenseman, it was more likely that he would start off the 2020-21 season as a five-six defenseman. “He has the ability to play in the top four, but I think based on coming off the year he had in Florida and trying to adjust to Pittsburgh, the best place for him to start would be on the third pairing," Rutherford said. "And then as he gets adjusted and as he makes the adjustment that Mike Sullivan and Todd Reirden are going to want him to make, and he gets his confidence, he’s good enough to move into the top four.” Sep 26 10:15 am (EST)
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