Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Auston Matthews (C)
Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 210 pounds Shoots: Left
Team: Zurich (Switzerland)
NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 European skater
Kennedy says: “Even though he has been the top prospect all season long, it still seems like Matthews is underrated. Perhaps it’s because of the flashiness of Patrik Laine, or the fact Zurich games weren’t easy to watch in North America, but trust me: Matthews is the real deal.
“He’s the big, dominating center that teams are built around. Matthews has already drawn comparisons to Jonathan Toews (in terms of style and potential — chill out, folks) and his performance at the World Championship confirmed just how deadly he is.
“His shot and creativity are weapons, while his motor makes him elite. He played against men all year in Switzerland and exceeded expectations.”
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