Mattias Samuelsson

Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

Large physical defensive defenseman with some offensive upside.

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 14, 2000
Height 6‘4”
Weight 217 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 32


January 2019 – Mattias Samuelsson was on the US World Junior squad, but unfortunately did not medal in the Czech Republic. He was named captain of the squad and led by example. He was a physical specimen along the blue line and constantly delivered big checks. Aside from his play at the World Juniors, Samuelsson has had a productive campaign with Western Michigan University. In 16 games, Samuelsson has tallied seven points (one goal and six assists). His offensive numbers are solid and he continues to utilize his aggressive playing style to open up lanes through traffic and create magic in all three zones. Samuelsson’s fantasy value is rising and if he is available in your 2020 fantasy hockey prospect keeper draft, you should take a chance on him. Josh Tessler

July 2019 – Mattias Samuelsson is coming off of his first season in the NCAA. In 35 games played for Western Michigan University, he tallied 5 goals, 7 assists and 37 PIM. Samuelsson has worked on discipline as he took far fewer penalties last season than he did in his 2017-18 campaign with the USNTDP, but he still has work to do. Aside from discipline concerns, he is showing improvement in his overall game. Samuelsson has good positioning, solid physicality and decent hands. Even though he tends to be more of defensive defensemen, he will get involved in the offensive zone and will pick up the puck and attempt to spark scoring chances. The only issue with Samuelsson is his skating. When you watch the World Junior Summer Showcase game tape, you will see how sluggish and slow Samuelsson is at times. In addition, he does not utilize his outside and inside edges. Samuelsson needs to beef up his edge-work and work on his turns. While he does have some work to do skating-wise, his transitioning from forwards to backwards is quite solid. Josh Tessler

September 2018 – Buffalo used the first pick of the second round (32nd overall) to select safe American defenseman Mattias Samuelsson. Samuelsson has a large 6-4 frame and an NHL ready body which he uses effectively, taking calculated risks in whatever he does. He looks a lot closer to NHL play than others and plays a very strong defensive game. Samuelsson racked up over 100 penalty minutes last season so his discipline could be improved, but he brings a valuable physical presence to any team he plays on and skates very well and balanced for a 220 lb big man. He utilizes his size well in defensive situations and along the boards, as well as blocking shots in front of the net. He needs to develop his offensive game and add some zest into it, as well as improve his skating some more to make him a nightmare to play against.  Marcus Griep


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Virtua Hockey Bantam Minor AAA AYMBHL 31 1 10 11 8 |          
  Philadelphia Jr. Flyers QC Int PW AA Elite 4 0 5 5 0 |          
 2013-2014 Virtua Hockey Bantam Major AAA AYBHL 23 6 19 25 10 |          
 2014-2015 Northwood School Prep EJEPL 18U 19 1 1 2 0 |          
  East Coast Selects O U15 WSI U15 7 2 7 9 2 |          
 2015-2016 Team Grey USA-S15 5 3 0 3 - |          
  Northwood School Junior USHS-Prep 47 14 15 29 - |          
  USA U16 YOG 6 0 2 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 USNTDP Juniors USHL 30 5 5 10 26 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 37 6 8 14 38 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 10 0 2 2 6 |          
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 23 4 10 14 64 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 58 11 20 31 113 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 1 1 2 6 |          
 2018-2019 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 35 5 7 12 37 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 0 0 0 |          
 2019-2020 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 24 2 10 12 37 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 6 |