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Matthews named to USA roster for Deutschland Cup

by Mike G. Morreale

Auston Matthews, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, has been named to the U.S. men's select team that will compete in the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany, from Nov. 6-8.

All 21 players on the roster are playing for European teams in Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. Matthews is currently playing for Zurich in Switzerland's top professional league. He leads the league in goals (10) and ranks seventh in points (16) in 13 games.

Matthews is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft to be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 24, 2016.

He played a key role in leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Switzerland, scoring a tournament-high 15 points and tying for the lead with eight goals in seven games. He was named tournament MVP and the best forward.

Matthews won USA Hockey's Bob Johnson Award recognizing excellence in international hockey competition last season.

He set records with the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program for goals (55) and points (117) in a season in 2014-15, surpassing the 52 goals and 102 points in 2005-06 by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. He played for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF Word Junior Championship and is eligible to represent his country at the 2016 WJC in Finland.

There were 11 players named to the roster who have represented the United States in one or more International Ice Hockey Federation world championship event.

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