Auston Matthews

by Jason Banks on January 5, 2017

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Auston Matthews, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 194

Born: 1997-09-17

Hometown: Scotsdale, AZ

Draft Eligible: 2016 by Toronto Maple Leafs, 1st Overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

January 2017 – First and foremost let’s talk production, he is currently on pace for over 70 points thanks in part to a recent hot streak of 11 points in his last seven games. His shot rate is below my earlier prediction but is still high at 3.7 per game, while his minutes per game are increasing due to increased responsibility in the faceoff circle starting shifts in the defensive zone more often. The development curve is hitting new highs nearly every game and has resulted in him hitting the 20-goal mark very early as a rookie. His faceoff winning rate is a bit of a concern at 44.2% but not uncommon for even the best swingmen entering the NHL (John Tavares 47.5% and Sidney Crosby 45.5%). He currently is amongst the top 25 scorers in the league, another season or two he will be amongst the higher end of the top 10. Jason Banks

 

October 2016 – Well what more can we say about a four goal night. Better than expected (NHL record setting) results for a debut. Matthews was the complete focal point all night any time he was on the ice for viewers and the puck, but somehow managed to find seams in the Sen’s defense which is a skill in itself that is somewhat Ovechkin-like. He put on display his defensive skills a few times as much as his offensive attributes, yet he took responsibility for a soft defensive play that in part, lost his team the match. If the first game is any indicator he is likely to lead the Leafs in scoring as the puck very much follows him if he isn’t carrying it. For those wondering about expectations, lets pencil in 60-65 points which is far more modest than his current 328-point pace. One NHL record to keep tabs on that he may well approach this season is the single season shots on goal record currently owned by Phil Esposito at 550. He registered a half dozen on night one, puts him on pace for 492, which would be good enough for 3rd, sandwiched by Ovechkin’s 08-09 campaign of 528 and head of Ovy’s 446 in 07-08. There is no reason I see that he can’t get 5-8 shots per game even as teams adjust to him. Jason Banks

 

June 2016 - As expected, the Maple Leafs drafted Matthews first overall. He will make the team immediately and if the Leafs do not sign a center (or trade one), then Matthews - Nazem Kadri - Tyler Bozak will be your 1-2-3 centermen for the Leafs. In an effort to ease Matthews in, Kadri can shoulder the load for the first little while. But Matthews is so good and so ready that he will shoulder his way to the top very quickly. Dobber

 

June 2016 – Matthews had a draft year for the ages. As an 18 year old he dominated the Swiss League scoring 46 points in 36 games.  The Arizona native led team USA twice at international tournaments scoring 11 points in seven games at the World Junior earning the Bronze, and another nine points at 10 World Championship games. Swiss Head Coach Marc Crawford called Matthews the best player in the Swiss League as an 18 year old and Matthews was the best player for USA at the World Championship on a roster that featured several veteran NHL players. Matthews proved to be NHL ready competing all season against former NHL and AHL and pro players in Switzerland and at the World Championship that he will step into a first line job in the NHL immediately. Peter Harling

 

December 2015 - Auston Matthews will be a vital member of Team USA's entry at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland as he returns after representing his country last season. Playing for the Zurich Lions in the Swiss League, Matthews has scored 14 goals and 25 points through 22 games. At the 2015 World Junior event, the Arizona native chipped in one goal and three points in five games for the Americans. Brendan Ross

 

December 2015 – Born two days past the 2015 NHL Draft deadline, Auston Matthews was unable to challenge Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel for the top spot but he surely would've been in the conversation based on his talents. In a rare move, Auston Matthews opted to play his current 2016 draft season in Switzerland with ZSC of the top professional league and he's established himself as a dangerous offensive threat. Matthews blends imposing size and power with impressive skill to compete as a strong two-way pivot. Possesses terrific hands and strength on the puck as he dominates possession, particularly below the top of the circle. He flashes intelligent vision, good creativity and high-end skating ability which all blend to create an impact forward in all three zones. There are few holes in Matthews game as this toolsy forward possesses all of the attributes that teams seek out in a number one centerman. Deemed NHL-ready, Matthews ability to carry the offence while providing excellent defensive presence makes him a lock to be selected first overall at the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: A+

 

Franchise two-way power centerman with point-per-game upside. 

 

Footage:

 

First 4 NHL goals in first game (the 2nd was the most impressive)

 

 

Auston Matthews - First five goals in Europe:

 

 

Auston Matthews - 2015 World Junior Highlights:

 

 

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