Zion is a Panther

Panthers latest signing is defenceman Joanthan Zion from Sheffield Steelers. Unfortunately the news had to be rushed out by Panthers management after the Sheffield Star leaked the news on Friday night, an act smacking of bitterness and really quite pathetic to be honest.
Zion becomes the offensive defenceman that coach Corey Neilson was after, it was no surprise that the Steelers looked a much better team after his arrival there in January. Excellent going forward, his ability in the defensive zone has been called into question, however Neilson said of his new signing “Jon is an offensive threat but also knows his job on the blue-line. He brings a lot to the table and I can see him having a big role on special teams for us as well as playing a defensive game at times whilst also jumping into the play to help the forwards. He was one of the top defencemen in the Elite League last year and his skills shone out so it was no wonder a lot of clubs wanted to sign him for next year. With two D-men to sign and two forwards I have made no secret of the fact that I wanted a solid defenceman and another who would add more adventure up front, an offensive-defencemen, in Jon that’s exactly what we’ve got. I don’t think we could have added a better player for the role that I have in mind.”
With Neilson now looking to sign a rock solid stay at home defenceman to compliment Danny Meyers and Steve Lee, Zion capture could be inspired and add another dimension to the special teams, especially the powerplay. Zion also has a good pedigree with spells in Finland, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Sweden as well as long stints in the AHL and ECHL.
As ever when a player leaves Sheffield for Nottingham, the Steelers fans become less than gracious. After being singled out as one of their better players during the pretty terrible season, the opinion of the Steelers fan-base has changed somewhat since the signing was prematurely announced. Apparently he is now useless in his defensive zone, bad in the dressing room and eats small children (I made that last bit up!) Quite hilarious, no-one does bitter and twisted like the ever diminishing Steelers fans, still, as Forrest Gump said “Stupid is as stupid does”!


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