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1 choice in 2016 and also he'll have done it by paving a path truly his very own.

Auston Matthews, the predicted No. He might have been composed this year if he was born 2 days earlier and also most likely would have been one of the top-three choices, with some suggesting he might've offered Jack Eichel a run for his money at No. Matthews is available in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. 1 prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, has made a decision to spend his draft-eligible period as a professional. That's your course to the NHL. college hockey program. That's especially real of the hockey growth pyramid. 2. 17, each the problems of its permission.

So why would he do something similar to this? To begin with, Matthews would certainly have needed to accelerate his education to attend an U.S. Which brings us to point No. Matthews is quiting the eyeballs of the biggest number of precursors. He starred at the recent World Under-18 World Championship also, which together took location in Switzerland. Nonetheless, Matthews has essentially played two years of jr hockey while at the NTDP. NTDP, he's checking out an option most players probably didn't even recognize they had.

Anytime somebody does something different, it's information. He additionally had the choice of going to the Western Hockey League where the Everett Silvertips hold his civil liberties. It is kind of like a hybrid between NCAA and also WHL seasons, where it's more video games compared to university as well as fewer compared to major junior. 2.

Auston Matthews is taking his talents to Switzerland. None of that matters if he performs.<br><br>The team announced Matthews' expected arrival on Twitter Friday.<br><br>Having already spent two years playing U20 hockey while in Ann Arbor, he's played against his peers long enough to know he's on a different level. He also will be known as the kid that took down all of Patrick Kane's records at the NTDP. 2.<br><br>Guess who's coming to Zurich? #greatnews @A_Matthews34 pic.twitter.com/xdDwnq3Ii4.<br><br>-- ZSC Lions (@zsclions) August 7, 2015.<br><br>According to ZSC's news release, Matthews has a one-year contract and had his residence permit authorized under a bilateral agreement between the United States and Switzerland. He's going away from the limelight that shined so brightly on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel last season. Sure, juniors was good enough for Connor McDavid, but anyone that saw McDavid knew that he was just toying with the age level.<br><br>Another big-time factor is the game schedule in Switzerland. Given Matthews' age, physical maturity and overall skill set, he needed a bigger challenge than what major junior could offer and he wasn't going to be able to go to a college program next season. A third, perhaps, wouldn't have done him much good developmentally (more on that below).<br><br>For Matthews, the benefits of going to Switzerland are many.<br><br>Matthews is breaking down a wall and showing that there's actually another option. It's usually the other way around, in fact.<br><br>This is a big question, for sure. Last season, as a member of the U.S. Don't expect this to become a trend, because Hockey Canada and USA Hockey would have to grant transfers to allow players to play overseas and they won't do it for just anybody who asks. Since everyone expects Matthews to be in the NHL by 2016-17, and the fact that he missed this year's draft <a hrefAuston Matthews is taking his talents to Switzerland.

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