Austin Matthews was drafted 1st overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Austin was born in September of 1997 and is currently 21 years old. He stands 6’3″and tips the scales at 220 pounds.
Austin is currently ripping up the NHL. He has 14 points in his first 6 games of the 2018-19 season including 10 goals. He is playing on a line with Kasperi Kapanen and Patrick Marleau. Of the 14 points he has 5 have come on the powerplay. Kapanen has six points thus far and Marleau has four. Matthews plays 18:35 minutes a game with 2:23 of that being on the PP.
There has been a lot of hoopla going on over the hot start of the Leafs and Matthews. I would like to point out that 5 of his six games have come against teams that missed the playoffs last year. His shooting percentage is currently 50 percent. His first year in the league he had a shooting percentage of 14.3% and his second year in the league he increased that to 18.2 percent. To think that he can sustain a 50% shooting percentage would be insane. He is going to regress in that regard.
There are people on twitter that are saying he is better than Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky. For example Ray Ferraro of TSN recently tweeted out the following.
To be clear … McDavid is 1, Matthews 1a or 1b .. however it’s supposed to be stated. That’s my opinion
It may be Ray’s opinion but it isn’t any where near accurate. McDavid has 2 Art Ross Trophy’s under his belt and a Hart Trophy. McDavid has also won the Ted Lindsay Trophy twice. McDavid has scored over a 100 points twice. Matthews highest scoring season was 69 points two years ago. McDavid is only 22 years old. Matthews has no NHL Trophy’s to his name. You want a direct comparison? McDavid has scored at a rate of 1.229 points per game since coming into the NHL, Matthews is at 0.960 and that includes his tear to start this season. There it is. IF Matthews was a “1A” he should at least be above a point per game but he isn’t. Don’t even get me started about some media comments that he is better than Gretzky. When Matthews scores 92 goals and 215 points in a season let me know. There is no way he can sustain his current pace, it just isn’t feasible.