Matt Luff

Los Angeles Kings
image courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator

Fantasy Summary

Scoring upside in a tall frame


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 5, 1997
Height 6‘3”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

January 2019 – Luff was assigned to the Kings AHL affiliate Ontario Reign prior to the Kings final regular season game before the NHL All-Star break. Luff was expected to be a healthy scratch for the Kings last game and will get some extra reps with Ontario in an expanded role. Luff has shown he can play at the NHL level and has received great praise from Kings Head coach Willie Desjardins who has expressed his want to have Luff in the lineup. With the Kings season on a downward spiral and the trade deadline fast approaching, it is inevitable that roster spots and opportunities will open up for younger players like Luff to prove their worth. Julian Mongillo

December 2018 – Since Luff received his first taste of professional hockey at the end of the 2016-2017 season he has become a regular for the Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate (Ontario Reign), in which he appeared in 67 games totalling 12 goals along with 17 assists for 29 points. The winger was poised to continue to grow his game with a more prominent role in his first full season with the Reign this year where he got off to a hot start, potting six goals and tallying six assists for 12 points in his first nine games. Before being able to increase his point totals for the Reign he was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on November 3rd as they were hit with the injury bug and received his first taste of the NHL. The offensively minded winger has played mostly on the third line, but has been featured on the right side of the second line flanking center Jeff Carter and has also been given a role on the second power-play unit because of his accurate shooting ability. He now has 20 games of NHL experience under his belt and is proving his knack to find the back of the net with seven of his eight points this year coming as goals. As Luff continues to learn the game and fill out his 6-3 frame he will remain with the Kings active roster and move between the second and third lines until bodies become healthy. As long as Luff is playing beside Jeff Carter and on the power play he holds some deep league fantasy appeal if he can find consistent goal scoring, making this a situation worth monitoring. With the Kings expecting to be sellers at the trade deadline they may take a long look at their younger players to evaluate the assets within the system, which can provide a positive outlook for Luff. Julian Mongillo

 

September 2017 – Luff finished his year playing two games with the Ontario Reign, where he got his first pro point. He is hoping to get a full-time gig in the AHL for the coming season but it is possible he returns to Hamilton as an overager. His offensive numbers continue to improve as he put up over a point per game for the Bulldogs. Luff has a hard, accurate shot but needs to fill out his 6-3 frame and improve his defensive game if he hopes to realize his NHL potential. Jamie Barber

September 2016 – Luff was nearly a point-per-game player (57 points in 61 games) with the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Although he led them in scoring, he ranked 47th in OHL scoring, and the young player was passed over in the draft. It was the strong end of his season that likely impressed the Kings, and the undrafted free agent was invited to attend LA’s rookie camp. Luff scored a goal in a rookie game and impressed the Kings enough to earn himself a three-year, entry-level contract. The 19-year-old has returned to Hamilton for the 2016-17 season, and he already has seven points in his first three games.

Luff was dominant at the end of the 2015-16 season and will need to string together a complete season this year to prove consistency. He has a larger frame but needs to develop his use of it to separate from opponents. Luff is most dangerous close to the net, and he has a quick release. He projects to be a scoring third-line winger. Philip Kamhi

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAA SCTAMM 40 15 32 47 18 |          
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 7 2 1 3 0 |          
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAA Midget 71 20 41 61 26 |          
 2013-2014 Oakville Rangers Midget AAA SCTA 66 56 42 98 - |          
  Oakville Blades OJHL 10 3 3 6 6 |          
 2014-2015 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 9 22 31 20 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2
 2015-2016 Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 61 27 30 57 43 |          
 2016-2017 Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 45 25 24 49 33 | Playoffs 7 4 5 9
  Ontario Reign AHL 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Ontario Reign AHL 67 12 17 29 42 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
 2018-2019 Los Angeles Kings NHL 33 8 3 11 9 |          
  Ontario Reign AHL 36 11 20 31 32 |          
 2019-2020 Ontario Reign AHL 4 0 2 2 0 |          

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