Off The Post: Auston Matthews Frustrated After Tuesday’s Loss in Philadelphia – The Toronto Maple Leafs fought back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game up against the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period and then the Flyers scored five unanswered goals to win the game 6-1. Matthews voiced his displeasure after the game when he spoke about the loss with Russ Cohen.
Auston Matthews: Center – Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthews was selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was the first American to be picked with the first selection since Patrick Kane in 2007. He had been playing professionally in the Swiss League. The opportunity to work with former NHL head coach Marc Crawford was an invaluable learning experience for the young prospect. Crawford had nothing but greats things to say about the 18-year-old who chose to play professionally instead of going the more traditional college or junior hockey route.
He made his NHL debut in the Maple Leafs’ first game of the 2016-17 season against the Ottawa Senators. He scored four goals in the game, becoming the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in his debut. Matthews’ rookie season was one for the ages as he put up 69 points (40 goals, 29 assists) in 82 games. He took home the Calder Cup and helped the Leafs make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in a full season since 2004.
Collectors looking for Auston Matthews‘ rookie cards can find them in 2016-17 NHL Hockey Card sets from Upper Deck. His Young Guns rookie card appears in Series 1.
Through 241 career games, Matthews has scored 236 points (127 goals, 109 assists). The Leafs are currently tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with 30 points. Matthews is currently wearing the “A” for his team and will be a leader in Toronto for many years to come.
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- NHL.com Player Profile – Auston Matthews
- Auston Matthews – Secondary Market Pricing
- Follow Auston Matthews on Twitter @AM34
Russ Cohen is the author of several top-selling sports related books.
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