|Date of Birth||9/17/1997|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 223 lbs|
|From||San Ramon, CA|
|Drafted||2016 - Rd 1|
Matthews had two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Matthews recorded six shots on goal in the game, his second consecutive appearance with three points. He's up to 53 points in 43 games, with 15 of those points coming on the power play.
Matthews notched a goal and two assists Tuesday to help his team earn a 5-2 win over Colorado.
It's a shame that Matthews had to miss 14 games this year, or he'd be making a run at the Art Ross Trophy. As it is, he now has 50 points on the year and has 25 each in goals and assists, showing just how versatile he can be. He's fantastic to have on your team.
Matthews agreed to terms with the Maple Leafs on a five-year contract extension valued at $11.634 million annually.
Matthews' contract will be paid out primarily in the form of signing bonus, as he is set to make $54.5 million in bonus money and just $3.65 million in actual salary, per Bob McKenzie of TSN. The world-class center is off to a career-best pace this season, having racked up 23 goals and just as many assists through 38 games. The sniper's shooting percentage (19.0) is off the charts, with the Leafs also benefiting heavily from his power-play exploits -- he has eight goals and four helpers on the man advantage. Just 21 years old, Matthews will make $634,000 more per season than John Tavares, who signed a seven-year deal with Toronto last July. While Matthews is the face of the franchise, it's clear that the two stud forwards can co-exist in their quest to lead the club to its first Stanley Cup win since 1967.
Matthews is expected to sign a contract extension with the Leafs in the coming days. The deal will reportedly be a five-year contract worth $11.5 million annually, per Bob McKenzie of TSN.
Signing Matthews to a long-term extension has been a priority for the Leafs since the league year started. By getting it done now, the Leafs will not only avoid another William Nylander-esque holdout, but also can then begin working on an extension for pending restricted free agent Mitch Marner.
Matthews scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Penguins.
He has now potted a goal in each of his last three games and has four points in that span. Matthews is a fantasy beast -- his 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in just 37 games puts him among the NHL's best scorers.