Whenever anyone replaces an icon the comparisons are inevitable. Is the new guy good? Yes. Is he the same as the old Pete? No. Nostalgia will always reign supreme. Everything was always better before. Everything new always sucks. That's how most people think. Seriously though, all the guys does is lead a cheer. If he can say the words, he's doing his job.
P.S. New Pete is also really friendly. I met him at the Hamilton-Toronto game in Toronto last year, and he had no problem doing an Oskee Wee Wee cheer with me in the concourse of the SkyDome. It was only the two of us, but he didn't care. Cool dude as far as I am concerned.