Missed entire 1996-97 due to back injury in off-season training, August, 1996. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, August 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki, November 14, 2009.
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