Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, will remain out of the lineup for the Zurich Lions on Thursday as he continues his recovery from an upper-body injury sustained in a game last month.
The news was confirmed for NHL.com by CAA Sports Agency, Matthews' representatives. CAA said Matthews continues to be evaluated and monitored each day and is doing well and in good spirits. He remains day-to-day.
Matthews, an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list, has 10 goals, 16 points and 46 shots on goal in 14 games this season.
The 18-year-old forward sustained his injury Oct. 23 during a 3-1 loss against Fribourg-Gotteron when he fell hard into the boards and missed his next two shifts but did return to the game. Matthews had an assist and one shot on goal in Zurich's next game two days later, a 6-3 victory against SCL.
He sat out a 5-3 victory against the Kloten Flyers on Oct. 30, which was Zurich's last game prior to an 11-day league break.
Matthews will miss his second straight game on Thursday when Zurich plays against Geneve-Servette HC. There is a possibility he could return to the lineup on Sunday against EV Zug.