Michael Matheson

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2017-02-24

Michael Matheson, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 189

Born: 1994-02-27

Hometown: Pointe-Claire, QC, CAN

Drafted: 23rd overall by Florida in 2012

 

Observations:

February 2017 – After representing Team Canada at the World Championships last summer, there were expectations for Matheson to make an impact at the NHL level this year. I believe Matheson has achieved that and much more as he has been one of Florida’s most impressive and consistent defenceman this season. In his first full NHL season, he currently has 14 points in 57 games. Moreover, Matheson has had great improvement to his play in the defensive zone and has shown his maturity with his newfound ability to bounce back from mistakes. He has shown his potential to provide offensive output with his excellent puck control and skating ability, although it will take him some time to adjust and evolve to play at the NHL level. Look for Matheson to be a big part of Florida’s top 4 in the coming years. Joel Gluss

 

February 2016 – The smooth skating defensemen was summoned from the AHL Pirates and experienced his first taste of the NHL in late February. After posting a modest 14 points in 43 games in his first full season as a pro, he was called up due to some injuries on the backend for the Panthers. Matheson has tremendous potential and could very well play his way into a regular role with the big club. The offensively gifted young rearguard is one to watch as he could establish himself as a fixture on the power play with his offensive prowess. Expect him to be an NHL regular next year if he gets sent back down this year once the team gets healthy. Lee Rayson

 

September 2015 – Keep an eye on the Panthers training camp as Matheson will have an opportunity to make the team as early as this year.  He got a taste of pro hockey late last season when he posted 2 points in 5 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.  The former first round pick in 2012 has shown tremendous developme