Anthony Stewart – making friends and taking names
By John Hoven | MayorsManor.com
“I just feel the game is all about timing and opportunity,” explained Stewart. “Some guys have gotten different circumstances and have had better opportunities at different times.”
Along the way he had to overcome a wrist injury that cost him most of his rookie season, followed by four years of very little production with the Panthers. In the summer of 2009 he was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers and it looked like he might finally be headed in the right direction.
“I was in the minors twirling around for a bit, but I had my best year two years ago in Atlanta where I was playing on the second line all year and I performed,” he said, referring to his 14 goals and 39 points in 2010-11.
“So, it’s a bit of a catch-22. If you give me more ice time, I’ll show you what I can do and they say, show me what you can do and we’ll give you more ice time.”
Regardless, time is likely running out for the 28 years(sic) old.
“My back is almost against the wall,” he shared. “I’m on the outside looking in (with the Kings). I just gotta figure out a way to find my role quickly and do it to the best of my ability. At the same time, I have confidence in my game and I think I can contribute and be an impact player for this team.”