Thursday, September 22, 2016

Auston Matthews, N.H.L.’s Top Pick, Draws Attention at World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO - Toronto aùsto Matthews fans are likely to get a glimpse of the kind of reception he received when his rookie N.H.L. Season starts next month.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,000 chanting his name for most overtime Hockey World Cup clash earlier period, against a squad of experienced Sweden began.

Matthews, 19, has already scored a goal, his second of the tournament, and to other fans.

"That was awesome," said Matthews, the Maple Leafs' No. 1 overall draft pick and the first N.H.L. The selection of this year. "Obviously, there was a lot of tension in the overtime period, so I kind of try to block."

Nathan MacKinnon gave North America a 4-3 win when deked Henrik Lundqvist 4 minutes 11 seconds in a thrilling three-on-three overtime in the past.

By pushing overtime to Team North America, Sweden and first place in Group B spot in the semifinals yesterday, while eliminating Finland. In North America, where the team finished 2-1 in the game, Finland, Russia on Thursday to wait for the outcome of the game.

Russia, North America defeated on Monday, instead of North America would advance to the semifinals with a victory over Finland. Team Canada and Europe have already clinched spots in the last four.

North American team is a new concept in Canadian and American players who are under 23 and is stored.

Matthews is a focus, who stir up excitement that this city is not hockey, watching the group for some time given the size and talent has helped.

Edmonton Oilers MCDAVID emerging superstar Connor Paired with a line, Matthews blossomed, soft hands, not only around the net but also showing the toughness control loose pucks.

Matthews crash tournament, Scottsdale, Ariz native was a course. Most of the top young prospects in their first N.H.L. ease into the season with exhibition games training camp.

But Matthews does not look out of place in the eight-team tournament featuring the best players in the world.

three games, had two goals and added an assist, MCDAVID, last year's No. 1 pick, and one of the fastest lines Championship playing with Mark Scheifele.

Each time Matthews went into the crowd this week, any player ovations that followed were among the loudest.

Speed ​​and offensive creativity to show the young guns who likened his 1980 Oilers, Wayne Gretzky-era heyday.

"I did not think we would have a big impact on the world of hockey as far as we have," Todd McLellan, who coaches Oilers, under-24 team to say about the new concept. "They're a lot of fun to watch."

Even the buses in North America was the fans.

McLellan said that while she was watching from the bench, said, "No, no, no, 'then,' Go, go go." But it would be hard to recreate an old kind of magic Oilers salary-cap era, he added.

Oilers, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri of that generation, "is long gone," McLellan said.

"The league is different now," he said. "It's hard to Messiers, Kurris and a lot of that kind of offensive player to get and keep a collection in one place, today's game," he said.

However, Matthews appeared every bit as good as MCDAVID, although he can not come in MCDAVID speed getaway.

"I know I belong here," Matthews said. "I know I play at this level."

Matthews in the U.S.A. Hockey National Team Development Program to train with the Swiss top professional league two seasons playing professionally last season before Zurich.

36 Swiss league matches, scored 24 goals and 46 points in Matthews. He became the first American-born player to take the No. 1 overall N.H.L. Patrick Kane in the draft since 2007.

McLellan said he did not how the 6-foot-2, 210-pound hockey Matthews would handle the pressure of playing in a fish bowl worried.

McLellan Maple Leafs management team knows, and "management" Matthews and "protect" him to believe they will strike the right balance between.

"He sure they will have a choice, as a player and as a young man in the community have increased," McLellan said.

Maple Leafs fans are already circling the calendar on November 1.

This is MCDAVID, who is the Toronto area and missed the trip to Edmonton last season, an injury, the Oilers paid his first visit to Matthews and cope with the Leafs.

MCDAVID Matthews said he had not given what he had done in the first N.H.L. any advice about what to expect in season.

"Especially in a place like Toronto, he's going to definitely be under the microscope," MCDAVID said, referring to the attention of the fans and the media alike. "Everybody chanting his name and all the guys with you at night like tonight, it may be inconvenient, on a day-to-day basis."

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