Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews
23-Year-Old CenterC
Toronto Maple Leafs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Matthews took another step forward in his ascenscion to becoming one of the NHL's top scorers in 2019-20, setting new career highs in goals with 47 -- just one shy of David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 48-goal performances -- points (80), shots on goal (290) and power-play points (25) during the Maple Leafs' 70-game regular season. The first overall pick from the 2016 draft will be just 23 years old when the 2020-21 campaign gets underway, so he could easily become the NHL's next 50-goal scorer at some point over the next few seasons. Although he's dealt with injuries in the past, Matthews didn't miss a single game last year, a feat made more impressive by the fact his average ice time jumped nearly 2.5 minutes from the previous campaign. He'll continue to center the Maple Leafs' top line while also being featured on Toronto's No. 1 power-play unit in 2020-21, and he'll almost certainly be in the Rocket Richard conversation toward the end of the campaign while producing at more than a point-per-game pace. Virtual managers shouldn't hesitate to grab this budding superstar in the first round of this year's fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $58.17 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in February of 2019.
Hattie fuels win and streak
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 10, 2021
Matthews scored a hat trick and added an assist in a 6-5 victory over Ottawa on Saturday.
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Matthew's wrist injury is obviously far behind him and he's running away with the Rocket Richard sprint -- he has 31 in 38 games. Right now, he's on a four-game point and goal streak that includes seven goals and 10 points. Matthews has also scored in seven of his last eight games and has 10 goals in that span. It feels like he's trying to take a run at 50 this season and if so, his already elite fantasy worth escalates.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:12
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
18:33
2:34
0:02
2019–20
20:58
3:12
0:02
2020–21
22:01
3:18
0:12
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Matthews is a potential superstar, but so far, his game just hasn't lived up to that hype. Don't get us wrong -- he's dominant when he's on the ice. But the last two seasons, Matthews has played in just 62 and 68 games, respectively. He still tallies more than a point-per-game and he's one of the NHL's best goal scorers, but he wasn't even a top-40 scorer overall last season. Matthews will be drafted on name alone, but you'd be wise to let someone else take him, especially in the first round, or if you're in a cap league. He needs to show us what good health can give his game. Otherwise, Matthews may need to be treated just like the great Evgeni Malkin. That means holding your breath and hoping your backup plan will cover the inevitable injury time.
Stud. Superstar. Pretty soon, we'll run out of superlatives to describe this kid. What's a superlative? Crazy exaggerated praise and even that's not enough to paint the right picture. At 21 years old, Matthews is already a top-five NHLer who gets better with every game, and that will continue for years to come. His skill is off the charts and under Mike Babcock, his possession game has grown from very good to crazy great. Opponents just can't take the puck off him. Matthews is a dominant, point-per-game player who could approach 50 goals and 100 points in a couple years -- even with John Tavares wearing blue and white. Opponents won't be able to cover everyone, meaning every Leaf benefits. Matthews is now the face of the NHL, along with Connor McDavid. He should be the face of your fantasy squad, too.
Last season was a whirlwind for this teenage wunderkind. Matthews was drafted first overall in 2016, scored four goals in his NHL debut, notched 40 tallies overall and won the Calder Trophy in an absolute landslide (164 of 167 first-place votes). Matthews is a bonafide star as a teenager and even has playoff experience after upstart Toronto pushed the NHL's regular-season champs from Washington to six games. Matthews is already a top-12 fantasy forward for both single-year and keeper formats, and he's only going to get better. He brings it all -- size, speed, strength, talent, leadership and determination. He'll contend for the Maurice Richard Trophy this season for most goals scored (he finished in a tie for second in 2016-17) and his overall point total should approach 80 with speedy finisher Patrick Marleau on his flank. Draft early and enjoy the rewards.
Matthews is the franchise center that all 30 teams covet in today’s NHL – big, fast, smart and strong, with a work ethic that’s off the charts. He spent 2015-16 with the Zurich Lions in the Swiss League at just 18 years of age and was the best player in the league. He scored over a point-per-game and pretty much played keep-away from pros, some of whom previously played in the NHL and AHL. Matthews came out of the US National Team Development Program (NTDP) and broke the program scoring records of Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel along the way. Some scouts have compared him to Evgeni Malkin while others say Jonathan Toews. We lean to the latter – Matthews lives and breathes the 200-ft game and oozes leadership by example. He’ll do what it takes to help his team win, even if it means scoring 20 fewer points than he could. Draft him in keeper formats for a consistent 70 points, but know full well he could drive home 90 some day if the planets fully align. A Jack Eichel-like rookie campaign awaits in the role of third-line center. And don't be surprised if he takes the second-line job away from Tyler Bozak before season's end.
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Notches 28th goal of year
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 7, 2021
Matthews collected a goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Montreal.
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Pots pair in win
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 5, 2021
Matthews scored two goals, one on the power play, in Monday's 5-3 win over the Flames.
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Two points in win Sunday
CToronto Maple Leafs
April 4, 2021
Matthews scored a goal on three shots and added an assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Flames.
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On another goal-scoring streak
CToronto Maple Leafs
March 31, 2021
Matthews had a goal and an assist with two shots and two blocks in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Winnipeg.
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Pockets 23rd goal of year
CToronto Maple Leafs
March 29, 2021
Matthews scored a goal on three shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers.
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