Matt Konan
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Matt Konan

Hometown:

Orange California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-09-03

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

186 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Matt Konan played 61 games for the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers in his second season of major junior hockey. He scored 1 goal with 11 assists and had 53 penalty minutes. Konan was ranked 152nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2009 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2009-10: The California native skated in 65 games for Medicine Hat in his third WHL season. He led Tigers’ defensemen with 117 penalty minutes and was plus-24 with 5 goals and 15 assists. Medicine Hat finished third in the Central Division behind WHL champion Calgary and Kootenay and reached the second round in the playoffs. Konan scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-five with 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2010-11: Konan attended the Kings’ prospects camp  before returning to Medicine Hat for his fourth WHL season but did not receive a contract offer. Part of an experienced defense corp with 20-year olds Jace Coyle (DAL) and Thomas Carr, Konan scored 4 goals with 13 assists and was plus-18 with 69 penalty minutes. The Tigers finished second in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals against eventual WHL champion Kootenay. Konan was plus-five with 6 assists and had 15 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.

2011-12: Konan returned to Medicine Hat for an overage season – providing both offense and hard-nosed defense in his final WHL season. His 45 assists were second-most for the Tigers behind forward and leading scorer Emerson Etem (ANA). Konan scored 9 goals and was plus-21 while garnering 73 penalty minutes in 72 games. The Tigers finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Konan scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was minus-four with 14 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers in April of 2012.

2012-13: Konan made his NHL debut, playing in the final two games of the season for the Flyers after skating with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate in Adirondack and beginning his pro career with the ECHL’s Trenton Titans. He had no points nor penalties, averaging 16 minutes of ice time in his two-game stint with Philadelphia. Konan was recalled by the Phantoms from Trenton in December and played 45 AHL games. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -10 with 54 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Northeast Division. Konan missed training camp and the first month of the season while recovering from surgery in April of 2013 (sports hernia) and made his pro debut with Trenton in November. In five games with the Titans he had 1 assist and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Konan skated in 26 games for Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack; suffering a concussion in December that kept him out for the remainder of the season. He had 2 assists and was minus-7 with 22 penalty minutes. Adirondack missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. 

2014-15: Konan missed all but three games in his third pro season — returning late in the year to skate for the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms in April. He had no points nor penalties with an even plus/minus in limited ice time. Konan was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Flyers, becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

2015-16: Konan played for the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers in his fourth pro season. He scored 3 goals with 14 assists and was +10 with 39 penalty minutes in 46 games.

Talent Analysis

Konan showed promise during his major junior career in the WHL but his development as a pro has been hindered by injuries. He only skated in three games during the 2014-15 season as a result of the concussion he suffered in December 2013.

Future

Konan played for the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers in 2015-16 after missing the majority of the previous two seasons due to injury. The California native displayed some of the potential that led to the Flyers signing him as a free agent after his WHL career with Medicine Hat. He remains a longshot in terms of being an NHL prospect.

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