Matthews to represent Team North America at World Cup

Aaron Vickers2016 Draft Center, IIHF, International Events

Auston Matthews will compete on the international stage yet again.

Following a standout performance for the Americans at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, Matthews was one of seven players added to Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Team North America is comprised of the top Canadian and American players who will be 23 years old or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.

Matthews, first in Future Considerations ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft, led the Americans in goals (6), power play goals (3), and tied Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin for the team lead in points (9).

He was named one of the United States’ three best players of the tournament despite, at 18-years-old, being the youngest player on the roster.

“Matthews deserves to be on the team based on his play all year long,” Future Considerations scout Dennis Schellenberg said. “He showed at the Worlds that he can take over a big role against NHL players. It will be a great test for him against the best players in the world, some of them he will face again next season. On the other hand, it is still a strong team and he was no lock for me.”

Matthews scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games for Zurich, tied for fourth in goals and points-per-game (1.28), and second in even-strength goals (19).

He was awarded the NLA’s Rising Star award and finished second in voting for most valuable player, including six-first place votes. The award went to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who finished with eight first-place votes.