Everett GM expects Matthews decision this week

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From the Everett Daily Herald:

Everett general manager Garry Davidson said Monday he expects Auston Matthews to make a decision this week on where he will play during the 2015-16 season.

Matthews, a potential game changer who’s entering his 18-year-old season, is choosing between three options: Everett, the NCAA and the Swiss professional league. Matthews, a big and skilled center from Scottsdale, Arizona, is coming off a record-breaking season with the U.S. NTDP and is projected as the first-overall-pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

The Everett (Washington) Silvertips play in the WHL. They’d love to land a player like Matthews, who would surely help put some more fans in the building.

But there’s more at stake than just ticket sales.

“I think the Matthews decision can make a big difference in a lot of ways,” Davidson said recently. “It could have an impact on us getting Euros, it could have an impact on anyone on our (protected) list. They could see it being a real plus to be here next year if (Matthews) is here.”

According to the newspaper, Davidson didn’t have a sense of what Matthews will choose. However, he insisted that Matthews isn’t trying to force the Silvertips to trade his rights, like Seth Jones once did.