In case your head has been under a rock when it comes to sports, and particularly the opening of the 2016-17 NHL season opener, let me catch you up. The Blues smoked the Blackhawks, and my Los Angeles Kings have been getting shit on. That’s okay though because American Hockey fans have a new kid to keep their eyes on.
Auston Matthews the phenom out of Scottsdale, Arizona (not necessarily the biggest hockey town) scored four goals in his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Arizona native tore it up for the Swiss team ZSC Lions and was taken first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. We knew the kid was going to be good but my god, this guy is for real.
His first goal came just over 8 minutes into the first period; after a fight for the puck in front of the net, the puck fell to Matthews when he proceeded to roof the son of a bitch for the first goal of his NHL career. The second goal came with over a minute left after he picked Erik Karlsson’s pocket after dangling two of his teammates, and beat Craig Anderson with an off angle shot. You thought he was done there? You’d be wrong. The third came off of one time shot off of a pass from Morgan Rielly just on the inside half of the right side circle.
His hat trick was the fastest hat trick by any rookie in the history of the NHL, but he wasn’t done there.
William Nylander got off on a 2 on 1 break and dumped the puck off to Matthews who buried it to make it four on the evening and four for his very young career.
Matthews is the first ever to score 4 on his debut, and at 19 years young I am sure there is plenty more to come. I think Connor McDavid may have finally met a viable opponent for the title of best young player in the league. In due time the Sidney Crosby’s, Alexander Ovechkin’s and Jaromir Jagr’s of the world will be hanging up the skates (Jagr first anyway he’s 44 fucking years old, I mean good lord man know when to quit, your old ass is gonna break a hip). However, it is going to be the McDavid’s, Matthews’, and Tarasenko’s that we will all be watching play for the next ten year’s, and I am definitely looking forward to it.
Now let’s just hope the Kings can pick up one of these one studs, we need them.