ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 18: St. Louis Blues' David Backes #42 is greeted by fans as he takes the ice to warm up before an NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 18, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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