Auston Matthews, the no.1 overall pick in the draft, may have had the best debut ever in professional sports. The 19 year old phenom scored 4 goals on 6 shots last night in the Maple Leaf’s season opener against the Ottawa Senators.
Hockey isn’t typically a sport where its easy to assess a players performance. Typically they’re assessed by their goals, assists, or face-offs ( excluding goalies ). Auston Matthews gave the people what they wanted and put 4 in the back of the net, making it impossible to avoid how great he performed. All you have to do is look at the stat sheet and you immediately notice how much of a monster he was on the ice last night.
The Leafs whoa are coming off a very sub-par season, needed a spark in their offense, and it seems like Matthews is the answer. Whether or not he will be able to keep up this pace is up for debate ( lets be real there’s no chance ), but Matthews was able to do something Sidney Crosby hasn’t even done yet; put up 4 goals in one game.
What might be even more impressive, is how quickly he was able to achieve this. Matthews scored two goals in the first period, and had a hat trick only 1:25 into the second period. He put his 4th and final goal in right before the end of the second period at 19:57. Averaging two goals a game is impressive, but averaging two goals a period at any point in time is ridiculous.
At the end of the day, the Maple Leafs still suck and managed to blow the game in OT. The final score was 5-4, making Matthews the only scorer for the Leafs. Its sad to see such an impressive performance undermined with a loss, but thats just the way she goes sometimes. The NHL is a tough place to succeed, but Matthews made it look easy last night against a decent Senators team.
History tells us that many stars that kill it in their debut go on to do the same throughout their career such as Wilt Chamberlain, Cam Newton, or Allen Iverson. Its too early to tell, but Auston Matthews may be the future of the NHL. Its early, but his debut may be sample of whats to come. If he can keep this up, you’re looking at the future of the NHL.