Ask Panthers forward Peter Mueller about his recent goal-scoring streak — three goals in three games — and you'll get a variation on the standard just-happy-to-be-here answer.
But Mueller probably means it more than most.
"Obviously, it was a little bit of a tough go the first four games," he said Saturday. "It's nice when you get some progress and put up a couple of points here or there. To be honest, I'm happy I'm getting a regular shift each night and to be playing every night."
"My goal just coming into the season was play 48 games," Muller said Saturday. "If I could do that and play hard each and every shift, help my team, I'll be happy."
Usually, it's fourth-liners fighting to stay out of healthy scratch territory, not former first-round picks who are just happy to be here seven years after being drafted.
And Muller was such a hot prospect, the Upper Deck trading card company put him on the boxes of its SPx cards, an upper middle-class release for hockey card collectors. For comparison, Ottawa's Jason Spezza and the Islanders John Tavares graced SPx boxes early in their NHL careers.
Florida Panthers forward Peter Mueller grateful for chance
Miami Herald | Feb 3