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Sport Chek Prospect Profile: Auston Matthews

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Vitals

  • Position: Centre
  • Date of birth: September 17, 1997
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • 2015-16 team: Zurich, SWISS

Scouting Report

"The expectations were that he would be able to play [in Switzerland] but I don't think the expectations were that he'd be able to impact the way he did. I think anyone who has followed his career was pleasantly surprised how he was able to go over there and handle himself and contribute the way he did." - Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting

"During the season [Matthews] improved most in plays without the puck, and his shooting is already high end. He is very strong on the puck and can shed off attacking defensemen, sometimes with ease. He comes out of the corners with the puck, creates options and is a good playmaker. He managed his zone entries with unbelievable ease thanks to good skating and excellent puck management." Thomas Roost, NHL Central Scouting

Profile

  • Drafted 57th overall by the Everett Silvertips in the WHL Bantam Draft but opted to play for the USNTDP Juniors.
  • In his second season with the U.S. National U18 Team, Matthews finished first in league scoring with 116 points, breaking the NTDP record of 102, set by Patrick Kane in 2005–06.
  • Named the 2015 Most Valuable Player at the World U18 Championships
  • On August 7, 2015, Matthews signed a one-year contract to play in the Swiss National League A for the ZSC Lions.
  • Lead Team USA in scoring at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki with 11 points (tied with fellow 2016 Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk).

Matthews reflects on season, looks ahead to Draft

"It was a great experience in Zurich. It was an incredible group of guys to be around and get to know. I learned a lot and I felt my game improved as the year went along. I'll definitely remember some of the crowds we played in front of and the great atmosphere. I've never been in such loud buildings before, to where you're screaming at the guy next to you and he can't hear a thing. I had a blast playing in all the arenas." - Auston Matthews

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