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Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Formerly, Matthews played for the U.S. National U18 Team in the USHL. Extensively considered 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 turning point and the 4th teen 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 awarded the 2017 Calder Memorial Trophy as the top NHL rookie.
Born in San Ramon, California, Matthews and his family relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona when Matthews was an infant. He learnt how to play hockey in Arizona, developing an interest after enjoying the regional Phoenix Coyotes play.
Globally, Matthews has actually represented the United States in many tournaments consisting of a U17 WHC gold medal, two U18 WJC gold medals, and 2 IIHF World U20 Championship appearances.
In late June, Matthews was chosen first overall in the 2016 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, becoming the first American to be picked with the top choice since Patrick Kane in 2007. He had been widely expected to go first overall for over a year leading up to the event, regularly topping prospect charts and significant searching reporters. Media speculation suggested that Matthews and the team had engaged in a small contract disagreement over the concern of performance bonuses; Matthews was asking the team for a contract similar to that of Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, which were both valued at $3.775 million yearly (with all benefits factored in). Although Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello has actually been very open over his disapproval of consisting of bonuses in player contracts in the past, he was very clear in mentioning that performance benefits were never ever a concern while discussing Auston’s contract. It is extensively expected that first overall selections, as well as other highly promoted early draft choices, get the maximum entry-level compensation under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Lamoriello had previously been involved in a contract disagreement while in New Jersey with 4th overall pick Adam Larsson over the issue of bonus offers. Larsson came out of negotiations without any performance benefits attached to his entry-level deal. On July 21, the two celebrations settled a deal, with Matthews inking a three-year entry-level contract, that included the optimum allowance of performance benefits. Lamoriello would go on to state that the contract was agreed upon within 10 minutes of taking a seat with Matthews’ agent Pat Brisson, which the offer was done “the Toronto way.” Brisson would later on validate that the two celebrations did not have any problems settling the deal. The contract equaled in worth to those McDavid and Eichel had actually protected a year earlier. 2 weeks later on, 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 four goals in the game, all versus Craig Anderson. This was the first time in contemporary NHL history a player scored 4 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 three goals ever since, though none had actually surpassed a hat trick since Matthews. Matthews’ jersey would go on sale following his debut, where it rapidly became the greatest selling sweater in the league. 2 months later in the NHL Centennial Classic, Matthews scored the game-winning goal in overtime, protecting 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 few days later on he notched his 40th goal of the season, ending up being the second rookie since the 2004– 05 lockout to reach the turning point and only the 4th teenager in league history to do so. He would finish the year with 40 goals, sufficient for second most in the league. Matthews’ play assisted the Maple Leafs in making the playoffs for the first time in a complete season since 2004, where the team took on the front runner Washington Capitals in the first round. After going meaningless in the first two games of the series, Matthews scored in each of the last four games as the team was eliminated in 6 contests by the Capitals. His four successive games with a goal marked the first time since 1986 where a teen scored in 4 straight championship game, with Maple Leafs alumnus Wendel Clark being the only other player in league history to achieve the task. In recognition for his historic achievements throughout the year, Matthews was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, as the league’s leading rookie, with 164 of 167 first-place votes.