Matthew Spencer
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Matthew Spencer

Hometown:

Oakville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-03-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd Round (44th Overall), 2015

Weight:

203 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Matthew Spencer played four games, including one playoff game, for the Oakville Blades junior A team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League as a 15-year-old and was a team captain for the Oakville Rangers minor midget AAA team. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in four games with the Blades. Spencer scored 17 goals with 39 assists and 76 penalty minutes in 71 games for the Rangers. The Rangers participated in the OHL Cup and in seven games Spencer had 4 assists with 12 penalty minutes. He participated in the Ontario U16 Games and was selected by Peterborough in the first round (third overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft.

2013-14: Spencer went directly from midget hockey to the OHL and played for the Canada Ontario U17 team in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. In 64 regular season games for Peterborough he scored 1 goal with 14 assists and was +5 with 33 penalty minutes. The Petes finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Spencer had 4 assists and was +1 with 19 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. In five games with Canada Ontario at the WHC he was an assistant captain and had 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes.

2014-15: Spencer played for the gold medal Canada U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Peterborough for his second season. He finished the year winning a bronze medal with the Canada U18 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 24 assists and was -15 with 64 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games for the Petes. Peterborough finished fifth in the East Division, falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion Oshawa in a first-round series. Spencer scored 1 goal and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He had 2 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and was +2 with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Canada defeated host Switzerland in the bronze medal game. Spencer played for Team Cherry in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was invited to the NHL Prospect Combine. He was ranked 68th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Spencer is a bulky, but quick-footed defender listed at 6’2 and 203lbs. He brings an element of physicality to the game, but also has long-term offensive upside, both at 5-on-5 and as a power-play option. He’s a solid, two-way defender who never takes a night off.

Future

Spencer should once again be the Petes top defenseman in the 2015-16 season. He led the team’s ground of rearguards in both ice time and points last season and is poised for a breakout.

Beyond Tomorrow: Spencer a top defenseman from his OHL draft class but still has work to do

by Chau Vo
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Matt Spencer - Peterborough Petes

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and 2015 prospect Matt Spencer finished the 2014 OHL playoffs with four assists in 11 games for the Petes (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

As the oldest continually operating franchise in the Ontario Hockey League, the Peterborough Petes knew they had to do right by their fans and not miss the playoffs for a fourth year in a row. The Petes and general manager Mike Oke had the third overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and the opportunity to select a franchise defenseman they could build their team around for the next few years.

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