Auston Matthews didn’t waste any time in his professional debut. Matthews, who turned 18 earlier in the week, scored in his Swiss league debut for the ZSC Lions.
The top-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft is carving a unique path in his draft season, turning down opportunities to play Major Junior or College Hockey in North America to embark on his European adventure. Earlier in the month, he signed with the Lions in Switzerland and will spend his year under the tutilidge of former Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford.
Matthews heads to Europe with an impressive resume and remains the consensus top pick in June’s draft.
The native of Scottsdale, AZ, recorded 116 points for the NTDP U18 club in 2014-15, breaking a record set by current Chicago Blackhawks standout and former first overall pick Patrick Kane in 2005-06. He also had eight goals and 15 points in seven games at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship and two assists and three points in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.