Hometown: Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Drafted: 2012 by Florida Panthers in the first round (23rd overall)
Taking the college route over major junior, Michael Matheson made a name for himself with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL before committing to Boston College and becoming a first round pick.
Now in his junior year with Boston College, the smooth-skating defenseman has recorded seven points (1-6-7) in ten games and serves as the team’s captain. Matheson continues to show his prowess as one of the top puck-moving defensemen in college hockey.
Recording points in three straight games (0-3-3), Matheson has performed quite well for a Boston College team who has been slow out of the gate. Matheson’s top offensive performance so far this was a three assist night Oct. 25 against UMass, which put his playmaking skills on full display.
Matheson has recorded 53 points (12-41-53) in 84 games with Boston College but the 20-year old defenseman is not just a point producer. Matheson’s two-way game has continued to improve and his willingness to sacrifice the body for his team has been one of his strongest attributes as he leads the Eagles with 17 blocked shots.
His top-end skating ability and two-way instincts have drawn comparisons to Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell. The BC captain brings a bit more size to the table, but his ability to move the puck mirrors the All-Star defender.
More on Matheson:
Matheson Named Boston College Captain For 2014-15 Season
Five Panthers Prospects Ranked Among Top 11 by ESPN.com