Premier Prospect: Auston Matthews

Meet the favorite to go No. 1 overall in the 2016 NHL Draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Auston Matthews is the prize of the 2016 NHL Draft, a prize the Toronto Maple Leafs will no doubt select with the first overall pick on June 24.

The 18-year-old Matthews hails from Phoenix, Arizona, a rarity among elite NHL prospects of years past. He played in Switzerland this past season, amassing 46 points in just 36 games.

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said Matthews would have been in the same conversation as Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid had he been eligible for the 2015 draft.

“Auston Matthews is the complete package,” he told reporters at the combine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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