WJC-A All-Star Team (1999) Named Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1999)
Signed as a free agent by Voskresensk (Russia), August 25, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Anaheim for Karl Stewart, Atlanta's 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected T.J. Galiardi) in 2007 Entry Draft and future considerations, August 17, 2006. Traded to Nashville by Atlanta for Eric Belanger, February 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL). August 26, 2008.
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