Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

A tall, heavy defenceman who uses his strength to contain the opposition along the boards


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 14, 2000
Height 6‘4”
Weight 221 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 2; Overall: 32

Observations

August 2020 – Samuelsson was very effective on the defensive side of the puck for Western Michigan University in 2019-2020. He recorded a plus-minus rating of +17, the second-highest of any player on his team. Standing at 6-4, 221 lbs, he is a very imposing defenceman who uses his strength to contain the opposition. He is not a particularly mobile defenceman but his strength allows him to pressure the opponent along the boards and separate them from the puck. He has a tendency to pinch in the offensive zone as well, taking advantage of his size as a blockade along the wall of the offensive zone. He represented Team USA at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships as the team’s captain. Samuelsson agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres in March 2020. He will likely join the Sabres AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, at the start of next season. Kevin Wong

 

January 2020 – 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Philadelphia Flyers Elite 13UAAAAYHL 13U31 1 1011 8|        
  Philadelphia Jr. Flyers QC Int PW AA Elite4 0 55 0|        
 2013-2014 Philadelphia Flyers Elite 14UAAAAYHL 14U23 6 1925 10|        
 2014-2015 Northwood School EJEPL 18U19 1 12 0|        
  East Coast Selects O U15WSI U157 2 79 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Grey USA-S155 3 03 -|        
  Northwood School USHS-Prep47 14 1529 -|        
  USA U16 YOG6 0 22 0|        
 2016-2017 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL30 5 510 26|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP37 6 814 38|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP10 0 22 6|        
 2017-2018 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL23 4 1014 64|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP58 11 2031 113|        
  USA U18WJC-187 1 12 6|        
 2018-2019 Western Michigan Univ.NCAA35 5 712 37|        
  USA U20WJC-207 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Western Michigan Univ.NCAA30 2 1214 41|        
  USA U20WJC-205 0 00 6|        
 2020-2021 Rochester AmericansAHL- - -- -|        

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