Friday, January 21, 2011

BC Hockey - Reloads!

Blue Chip Pro Prospect Picks BC

6’1”, 169 lb. Lac St-Louis Lions LD Michael Matheson, the object of a good old-fashioned recruiting battle between BC, BU, and Vermont, will be taking his game to the Heights in the fall of ’12.

The top-scoring defenseman in the Quebec Midget AAA League and the second-leading scorer among defensemen in the recent World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Matheson is an offensive defenseman whose skating is as good as it gets.
The Point-Claire, Que. native, who would have been the #1 overall pick in last spring’s QMJHL draft had he not unequivocally stated that he was going to college, is projected as a first-round pick in the June 2012 NHL draft. He’s a 2/27/94 birthdate.

“His biggest asset by far is his skating,” says Lac St-Louis head coach Jon Goyens. “He’s smooth, he’s fluid, and he has great acceleration. No one in the league comes close to him. He’s in that top percentile of skaters. He leads the rush, his passes are crisp, and he has a heavy shot. He’s an incredible talent who has excellent work ethic and competitiveness.”

Goyens reports that Matheson, who is the Lions’ captain, works as hard as Louis Leblanc did when he played for Lac St-Louis before heading off to the USHL.
Matheson is a true senior in Quebec, hence his visits to schools this fall have recalled the old days, when true seniors went around and took official visits to campuses. Matheson will play next year in the USHL, for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, coached by Montreal native Jim Montgomery. Dubuque took Matheson in last spring’s Future’s Draft.

In 27 games with Lac St-Louis, Matheson has an 11-19-30 line with 64 pims. 

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