Auston Matthews: Breaking Records And Only 19-Years Old
Boy, the Toronto Maple Leafs sure got themselves a gem of a player don’t they? As a mere 19-year old, this rookie born in San Ramon, California, has taken the NHL by storm and the goals just keep coming. Everyone had high hopes for this kid as he was drafted #1 overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and during game 1 of the season, boy did he put on a show!
Unfortunately, the Leafs still lost that game. But that’s the past and now with some record setting numbers from the young star, the team is poised to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. If they do, Matthews has a lot to do with it.
Let’s start by looking at the Leafs records he’s broken first.
In terms of goals by a rookie, Auston has broken that mark already, surpassing the previous record holder, Leafs legend Wendel Clark’s 34 goals which he tallied back in 1985-86. Oh by the way, Clark was also the #1 overall pick. Only fitting right?
When he scored his 39th goal on April 3rd, he amassed 67 points on the season, which broke Peter Ihnacak’s record of 66 points for a Leafs’ rookie back in 1982-83.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 3, 2017
Now, aside from the team records, Matthews’s 39 goals has set a new benchmark for rookie goals by an American-born player. Neal Broten held the previous record by scoring 38 goals in the 1981-82 season with the Minnesota North Stars.
Here’s a fun fact:
Most #NHL Rookie Goals Since 1993-94:
Alex Ovechkin (2005-06) – 52
Sidney Crosby (2005-06) – 39
Auston Matthews (2016-17) – 39
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 4, 2017
Not bad company. Not bad at all.