The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Tuesday, February 5, that they have signed superstar Auston Matthews to a 5-year contract extension worth $11.634 million.
Now that’s what I call a smart contract. Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas knows the kind of offensive weapon he has in Matthews as well as what kind of franchise player Matthews has developed into for the Leafs.
In his first three seasons in the league, Matthews, 21, has shown that he is an offensive force. In 182 games with the blue and white, Matthews has 178 points and he has yet to even hit his prime.
In his first two seasons in the league, he scored 40 goals in 2016-17 and then followed up with 34 goals last season. In 38 games this season, Matthews already has 23 goals and had he not missed a bunch of games with an injury, that number could be a lot higher.
Matthews brings a lot to this hockey club. As mentioned above, he is an offensive specimen that brings an unbelievable shot, speed, puck-handling ability, and soft hands that lead to a ton of goals.
He is also a huge asset on the power play for this hockey club. He currently has 12 points with the man advantage on eight goals and four assists. For his career, he has 46 points on the power play, a number that will only grow as the Leafs become an even bigger offensive powerhouse that they are now.
Matthews is also someone that comes through in the clutch. He already has four game-winning-goal this seasons, two that came in overtime victories.
Matthews is a once-in-a-lifetime player. He was taken first overall in the 2016 draft for a reason and it looks like the Leafs will reap the benefits for years to come.
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