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Fantasy Summary

An uber skilled forward who has a high-level of raw skill and the ability to pull fans out of their seats. He has some of the silkiest hands in the draft and soft touch on his passing. He has the potential to be a volume scorer at the next level if he can translate his game.


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March 2022 – Samoskevich was slated for a top-line role with Team USA at the WJC in December 2021 that ended up being cancelled—and then rescheduled until August 2022. Hopefully he will get the same opportunity in the summer to show what he can do. As part of a stacked U of Michigan team, he’s used to playing with talented teammates and has accumulated a decent but not spectacular 28 points in 37 games as a rookie. It’ll be interesting to see if he returns to Michigan next year and has a more prolific sophomore season after several of their current stars graduate to the pro ranks. He’ll need to push into point-per-game territory in the near future to keep his star trajectory on course. Ben Gehrels

July 2021 – Samoskevich was selected in the first round, 24th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

March 2021 – Is fun hockey what you like to see? Do you enjoy watching a player dangle defenders? Is flash and sizzle attractive to you? Let me introduce Matthew ‘Mackie’ Samoskevich. The Chicago Steel forward has been excellent when on the ice this season. He has been able to showcase all of the skill and tantalizing talent he has whenever the puck has been on his stick. Making dazzling plays and embarrassing his opponents at times, Samoskevich is one of the most talented players in the 2021 NHL Draft class from a raw skill perspective. His hands are quick and calculated, synchronized with his agile footwork, the Chicago center does an excellent job of creating separation and space to do damage offensively. He has a sneaky good shot that he gets off quickly but his bread and butter is his passing vision and creativity as a playmaker. The young American has shown the ability to send passes all over the offensive zone with a deft touch. Whether it be via a saucer pass that lands on his teammates stick blade perfectly or a spin pass that finds a guy at the backdoor, Samoskevich puts his skill on display regularly. There are areas of his game that are a cause for concern, particularly defensively, but there is such a high-level skill set to work with in terms of his skating and puck skill, the reward is worth the risk. His ineffectiveness defensively could be part of the reason he may translate better on the wing at the next level but he has been able to play all three forward positions with the Steel. There is no doubt that Samoskevich is going to be a hot commodity at the draft but how early someone jumps will be the question. Regardless of where he goes, there will likely be teams who let out an audible ‘Aw, damn’ because they were hoping he’d fall to their next pick. The package is fun and exciting, it will be all about development and refinement with Mackie when he goes to the University of  Michigan next season to join what should be a loaded roster yet again. Tony Ferrari

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 15, 2002
Height 5‘11”
Weight 191 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 24

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Connecticut Oilers 14U AAAAYHL 14U18 3 69 8|        
 2016-2017 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA56 12 2840 34|        
  East Coast Canadians Selects U15WSI U156 2 57 2|        
 2017-2018 Shattuck St. Mary's 16U AAA16U AAA59 22 2648 27|        
  Team Grey USA-S153 2 24 -|        
 2018-2019 Team Grey USA-S165 2 24 4|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepUSHS-Prep51 36 3874 26|