2009-10: Matthew Beattie was one of the leading scorers for New Jersey’s Pingry School as a junior and played club hockey for the New Jersey Renegades in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. He scored 34 goals with 33 assists for Pingry in 25 games. Pingry was undefeated in its conference and reached the Prep B Championship game and New Jersey Non-Public School tournament quarterfinals. In 42 games for the Renegades, Beattie scored 6 goals with 10 assists and garnered 60 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Beattie was one of the top scorers in New Jersey high school hockey in his senior season at Pingry and had 47 points in 38 games for the New Jersey Junior Titans in the MJHL. Beattie led all Skylands Conference forwards with 90 points. Pingry reached the finals of the Prep B tournament, falling to Princeton Day School, and lost to top-ranked Delbarton in the quarterfinals of the Non-Public School tournament Skating for the Junior Titans, Beattie scored 23 goals with 24 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. He scored 2 goals in two playoff games.
2011-12: Beattie spent a post-graduate season at Phillips Exeter in Massachusetts and committed to playing college hockey at Yale in 2012-13. Beattie was the second-leading scorer in New England prep school hockey with 39 goals and 34 assists in 28 games. Beattie participated in the prestigious Beantown Classic tournament following the season. Exeter, seeded third going into the prep tournament, lost to second-seeded Nobles and Greenough in the semifinals; finishing with a record of 22-3-5. Ranked 108th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Beattie was selected by Vancouver in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Beattie skated in 15 games for NCAA national champion Yale as a freshman. In limited ice time he had no points and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes — seeing his last action of the year in a February 16th game against Rensselaer. Yale finished third in ECAC Hockey in the regular season but received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs swept WCHA opponents Minnesota and North Dakota in the West Regional. After a 3-2 overtime win over Hockey East champion Massachusetts-Lowell, Yale shutout ECAC Hockey regular season champion Quinnipiac, 4-0, in the Frozen Four final.
2013-14: Beattie skated in 21 games for Yale in his sophomore season. He scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +4 with 17 penalty minutes. Yale, the defending national champions, finished sixth in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and was swept by Quinnipiac in two games in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.
Beattie was drafted by the Canucks after putting up big scoring numbers in New Jersey high school hockey and because of his ideal size for a potential power forward. To this point he is still a work in progress in terms of his positional play and his reactions and decision-making. Beattie skates with straight line speed but as with many players of his size his flexibility and ability to change directions is a challenge. He willingly drives the puck effectively wide on the off-wing. Beattie has decent stickhandling skills and hand-eye coordination.
Beattie is in his junior season at Yale University in 2014-15. Drafted as a long-range project by the Canucks in 2012, he continues to play in a lower line role for the Bulldogs and has yet to display the goalscoring production of his high school and junior days. He has one more year of college eligibility remaining but at this time it appears unlikely he will sign an entry-level contract with Vancouver next spring. Players of his size will often get opportunities at the pro level — and Beattie has some potential as a lower line, energy forward. More than likely he will have to start at lower level minor league hockey and work his way up to achieve that end.