Taylor Matson

Hometown:

Orono Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1988-09-16

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (176th overall), 2007

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Matson spent time with both his high school team and Des Moines of the USHL.  He was a dominant force in the high school ranks where he put away 31 points in just 11 appearances.  In 10 USHL games he came away with three points.  His year ended when the Canucks made him the 176th overall selection in the 2007 Entry Draft.

2007-08: Matson played the entire season with Des Moines (USHL) where he scored 13 goals and added 24 assists in 55 games.

2008-09: Matson skated in 13 games for Minnesota as a freshman before suffering a season-ending knee injury at the end of November. He scored 1 goal and was -7 with 2 PMs. The Gophers finished fifth in the WCHA.

2009-10: Matson suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight season; injuring his ankle in a non-conference game against Bowling Green in early January. In 19 games as a sophomore he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +5 with 6 PMs. Minnesota finished seventh in the WCHA.

2010-11: Matson appeared in 33 games for Minnesota as a junior and was the team's fifth-leading goal scorer with 10 goals. Two of his goals were game-winners and he had 3 assists with a -3 plus/minus and 16 PMs. Matson missed the Gophers' season finale and both WCHA playoff games after suffering a lower body injury against Bemidji State in the next-to-last game of the season. The Gophers' season came to a disappointing end when they were swept by Alaska-Anchorage at home in a first round WCHA playoff series.
 

Talent Analysis

Matson is a decent two-way player with slightly above-average hands and an okay wrist shot.  Offensively he’s more of a playmaker than a goal scorer however.  Despite his small frame, Matson is surprisingly effective along the boards although that will likely not be the case against when he faces larger opposition in college.  He has good mobility but is not a fast skater.

Future

Matson is in his final year with the University of Minnesota.