NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils chats with teammate Zach Parise #9 in warmups prior to playing in his first game as a Devil against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center on February 5, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.
— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft