CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames faces off against Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 31, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Brad Watson/NHL 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