Ruled ineligible to play 1998-99 season by NCAA due to appearance with Lethbridge (WHL) in 1995-96. Signed as a free agent by Portland (AHL), November 6, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Washington, March 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Reading (ECHL), December 10, 2004. Traded to Idaho (ECHL) by Reading (ECHL) for future considerations (David Morisset, June 4, 2005), March 22, 2005.
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