Auston Matthews
Image: ZSC Lions

Auston Matthews

Hometown:

Scottsdale Arizona

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1997-09-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2016

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2016

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st Round (1st Overall), 2016

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2013-14: Auston Matthews came out of the Arizona Bobcats program to join the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) for two seasons. Matthews competed for the NTDP squad that played in the USHL, scoring 10 goals and 10 assists in 20 games in 2013-14. The Arizona native also played for the U17 and U18 club teams that competed against college teams and other levels of competition. For the U17 team, he produced 12 goals and 21 assists in 24 games, and added 12 goals and five assists in 20 games for the U18 squad. Matthews competed for Team USA at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, where he earned a gold medal for the USA side. In six games, Matthews posted four goals and added four assists. He also earned gold at the 2014 U18 World Championship, where he scored five goals and chipped in two assists in seven games.

2014-15: Matthews continued his tenure with the NTDP in this campaign. He appeared in 24 games for the USHL team, scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists for 48 points while posting a +20 rating. Matthews also played in 60 games for the NTDP’s U18 club team, where he notched 55 goals and 61 assists for 116 points. He once again did double-duty in international play for the U.S., appearing both the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2015 U18 World Championship. Matthews produced a goal and two assists in five games at the U20 WJC, then turned in an MVP performance for the USA at the U18 tournament, where that country again won gold. In seven games, Matthews scored eight goals and added seven assists for 15 points, which led to MVP, Best Forward, and U18 All-Star Team honors.

2015-16: Matthews moved to Switzerland to compete in the National League A (NLA) – that country’s top league – to play for the ZSC Lions (Zurich). In 36 games for the Lions, he scored 24 goals and added 22 assists for 46 points to go along with a +16 rating. Surprisingly, the Lions, the NLA’s top team during the regular season, were ousted in 4 games in the playoffs with Matthews picking up 3 assists in those games. Matthews was named to the NLA Media All-Star Team, and was also chosen as the NLA’s Most Improved Player. Matthews took time out of his club season to play for Team USA again at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Matthews contributed seven goals and four assists to lead the bronze medal-winning U.S in scoring. He was named to the U18 All-Star Team for his efforts. Matthews was ranked as the top skater in Europe by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, and he has been the top-ranked prospect for that draft by ISS Hockey since the start of the 2015-16 season. Matthews was chosen in the first round, first overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

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Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward prospect Connor McDavid made his semi-official debut in an Oilers uniform in Edmonton’s first preseason game on Sept. 21, 2015 (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

In performances you would expect from the first and second overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel led their respective teams to prospect tournament victories. There were also a pair of firsts, as 2016 hopeful Auston Matthews tallied his first goal in Zurich, Switzerland and Joseph Veleno, the first exceptional player from Quebec, scored his first QMJHL goal. Meanwhile, Calgary’s crease is loaded, but Jon Gillies is making sure he’s not forgotten, and another former prospect goaltender has a little fun with what’s left of his offseason in a remake of a cult-classic film. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

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Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

 

 

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews totaled 18 points in 12 games while competing for the U.S. teams at the U20 and U18 tournaments this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

 

 

Team USA received contributions from all over the lineup in their march to a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. But one U.S. player stood out a little more than the others, a player whose name will soon be bandied about in much the same way that the names McDavid and Eichel have been discussed over the past few months. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: NTDP’s Matthews has the skills and drive to become the next great American star

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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be a part of the USA’s entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship that begins on 12/26 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

One look at Auston Matthews and it is easy to see why he is ranked at the top of the 2016 NHL Draft class. Not only are his stats from the United States National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP) eye-popping, but at just 17 years of age, he is already 6’2” and 195 pounds. The combination of size and skills make him a can’t-miss prospect. He is regarded as one of the best offensive players to have played for the U.S. NTDP. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more»