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Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. National U18 Team in the USHL. Commonly thought about the top prospect of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Matthews was drafted first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his NHL debut Matthews became the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in his NHL debut. He scored 40 goals in his first season, the second rookie since the 2004– 05 lockout to reach the milestone and the 4th teenager in league history to do so. In the midst of his rookie season, Matthews was ranked the second best active American player in the NHL. He was granted the 2017 Calder Memorial Trophy as the top NHL rookie.
Born in San Ramon, California, Matthews and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when Matthews was a baby. He learned to play hockey in Arizona, developing an interest after viewing the local Phoenix Coyotes play.
Worldwide, Matthews has represented the United States in various tournaments including a U17 WHC gold medal, 2 U18 WJC gold medals, and two IIHF World U20 Championship appearances.
In late June, Matthews was selected first overall in the 2016 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending up being the first American to be chosen with the leading selection since Patrick Kane in 2007. He had been widely anticipated to go first overall for over a year leading up to the event, consistently topping prospect charts and major searching press reporters. Media speculation recommended that Matthews and the team had engaged in a minor contract conflict over the issue of performance bonuses; Matthews was asking the team for a contract just like that of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, which were both valued at $3.775 million every year (with all perks factored in). Although Maple Leafs basic manager Lou Lamoriello has been very open over his displeasure of including perks in player contracts in the past, he was very clear in mentioning that performance bonuses were never a concern while talking about Auston’s contract. It is widely expected that first overall choices, in addition to any other extremely promoted early draft picks, receive the optimum entry-level settlement under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Lamoriello had formerly been involved in a contract dispute while in New Jersey with 4th overall choice Adam Larsson over the issue of rewards. Larsson came out of negotiations with no performance bonus offers attached to his entry-level offer. On July 21, the two celebrations settled an offer, with Matthews inking a three-year entry-level contract, that included the optimum allotment of performance bonuses. Lamoriello would go on to state that the contract was agreed upon within 10 minutes of taking a seat with Matthews’ agent Pat Brisson, and that the offer was done “the Toronto method.” Brisson would later on verify that the two celebrations did not have any concerns straightening out the deal. The contract equaled in worth to those McDavid and Eichel had actually secured a year previously. Two weeks later, Matthews was given the NLA Youngster of the Year award, which is booked for the league’s top rookie. It would be his 5th award from his stint in Switzerland.
Matthews made his NHL debut in the Maple Leafs’ first game of the season on October 12, 2016, against the Ottawa Senators. He scored 4 goals in the game, all versus Craig Anderson. This was the very first time in contemporary NHL history a player scored four goals in his debut; formerly Joe Malone and Harry Hyland scored five goals each in their NHL debuts on December 19, 1917 (the first game in the history of the NHL). Four others had actually scored 3 goals ever since, though none had actually gone beyond a hat trick since Matthews. Matthews’ jersey would go on sale following his debut, where it rapidly became the highest selling sweatshirt in the league. 2 months later in the NHL Centennial Classic, Matthews scored the game-winning goal in overtime, securing a 5– 4 victory for the Maple Leafs. On March 28, 2017, Matthews scored his 35th goal of the season, beating Wendel Clark’s previous record for most goals in a season (34) by a Leafs’ rookie April 3 saw Matthews score his 39th goal and 67th point, breaking the franchise record for most points in a season in addition to the record for most goals by an American born rookie. A couple of days later he notched his 40th goal of the season, becoming the second rookie since the 2004– 05 lockout to reach the milestone and only the 4th teenager in league history to do so. He would finish the year with 40 goals, good enough for second most in the league. Matthews’ play assisted the Maple Leafs in making the playoffs for the very first time in a full season since 2004, where the team handled the front runner Washington Capitals in the first round. After going meaningless in the first 2 games of the series, Matthews scored in each of the last four games as the team was eliminated in six contests by the Capitals. His 4 consecutive games with a goal marked the first time since 1986 where a teenager scored in 4 straight playoff games, with Maple Leafs alumnus Wendel Clark being the only other player in league history to achieve the feat. In recognition for his historical achievements throughout the year, Matthews was granted the Calder Memorial Trophy, as the league’s leading rookie, with 164 of 167 first-place votes.