First overall is phenom center Auston Matthews, currently skating for ZSC Lions in the top Swiss league, the NLA.
Matthews is reasonably big at 6’2″, and 216 pounds. He’s very strong on the puck and an incredibly agile skater. He can accelerate to top speed in a jiffy and make plays at a crazy pace, or he can slow the game down and be just as effective. Matthews is a complete offensive player – the kid’s got the whole package. He could use a little work defensively, but if you draft Auston Matthews, you are NOT worried about his defensive game one iota (what the fuck is an iota, anyway?). The kid is a gamebreaker, and a franchise player.
Should the Bruins draft him? Yes, everyone should draft him, but it’s not going to happen. He is very, very likely to be a Toronto Maple Leaf on Friday night; the hockey world will be shocked otherwise.
A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater who accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent who has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center.
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