42. Auston Matthews

In 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs chose Auston Matthews with the number one pick, the Californian-born hockey player who became an ice-sport superstar.  He was hyped to be great, and the Maple Leafs fans loved him immediately.

In the Center's first game, he scored four Goals, an unprecedented debut in the NHL.  Matthews won the Calder that year on a 40-Goal year, and he was first in Even Strength Goals (32).  To date, he has been a three-time All-Star and has never had a year where he lit the lamp less than 34 times.   Matthews had 47 Goals in 2019-20 and 41 in the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, which won him the Rocket Richard Trophy.

As of this writing, Matthews is entering his sixth season and has been their star since his debut.  Stanley Cups will be the only way to enter the stratosphere of this list, but we aren't counting him out.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NHL Draft 6/24/16.
  • Games Played: 334
  • Notable Statistics:

    199 Goals
    152 Assists 
    351 Points 
    56 PIM 
    1.05 PPG 
    +58 Plus/Minus
    47.4 Point Shares 
    24 Points in 32 Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Calder Trophy (2017)
    Maurice Richard Trophy (2021)
    All-Star Game (2017, 2018 & 2019)
    All-Rookie (2017)
    Most Goals (2020-21)
    Most Even Strength Goals (2016-17, 2019-20 & 2020-21)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (2020-21)
    Most Shots (2020-21)
    Most Goals per Game (2020-21)

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