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Michael Matheson | Defenseman | #19

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 192
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (23) / FLA

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Michael Matheson is confident in his game heading into the 2016-17 season.
Matheson played three regular season games and two playoff games with the Panthers last year and he looked pretty comfortable doing so. The 22-year-old also represented Team Canada (and won gold) at the World Hockey Championship during the off-season. "I’m happy I was able to get the opportunity to play last year," said Matheson. "It definitely gives me a lot of confidence heading into this year. I was happy with how I played, it was pretty cool being able to play in the playoffs. While I was playing, I don’t think it set in that it was the NHL playoffs. But it has sunk in over the summer. Looking back I was really happy with the way I played." It would be considering shocking if Matheson fails to make the Panthers out of training camp. He'll likely be one of the top rookie blue liners in the NHL this season. Sep 17 - 3:11 PM

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Michael Matheson was selected as the top defenseman at the 2016 World Championship.

The directorate chose him for the award after he picked up six points in 10 games at his first World Championship tournament. Matheson captured the gold medal with Canada and he is expected to be a full-time member of the Panthers next season.
May 23 - 3:07 PM

Michael Matheson has been impressive for Canada at the 2016 World Championship in Russia.

Matheson has recorded two goals and two assists in three games, while posting a plus-8 rating. Canada is 3-0 to start the tournament and they have outscored their opponents by a 20-2 margin.
May 11 - 8:13 AM

Michael Matheson has been assigned to the minors.

He will help the AHL's Portland Pirates in their first-round series against Hershey. Matheson appeared in three games with the Panthers at the end of the season and he skated in five playoff contests, where he recorded an assist for his first NHL point.
Apr 28 - 8:55 AM

Michael Matheson earned an assist in Florida's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 3 on Sunday night.

Matheson didn't reach the scoresheet in three regular season outings with the Panthers, but he has a point now in two playoff appearances. He logged 17:22 of ice time in Game 3.
Apr 18 - 10:13 AM

Michael Matheson will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

The 22-year-old is one of Florida's top prospects, but he played just three NHL games this season. If the Panthers need a shakeup at some point in the series, they could turn to the young defenseman for a spark. Greg McKegg and Quinton Howden will also be scratched. Steve Kampfer and Vincent Trocheck are out with injuries.
Apr 14 - 8:01 PM

Michael Matheson was called up from the minors Saturday.

The blueliner was a plus-one in 22:01 of action. It was his third NHL game this season. Matheson is a puck-moving defenseman who was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall in 2012. He had eight goals and 20 points in his first full AHL season with Portland as he played in 54 contests. He likely will be in the Florida lineup next season.
Apr 10 - 2:36 AM

Michael Matheson is back in the AHL with Portland.

He has five goals and 14 points in 43 contests with Florida's minor-league affiliate. Matheson suited up in the first two games of his NHL career during his recall.
Mar 1 - 10:08 AM

Michael Matheson will be scratched against Arizona on Thursday night.

Matheson is a puck-moving defenseman with a considerable amount of upside, however this is not his time. There is no reason to pick Matheson up at this point but we would keep an eye on him in the future.
Feb 25 - 7:07 PM

Michael Matheson will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Jets.

Matheson is a puck-moving defenseman with a considerable amount of upside, however this is not his time. For Saturday night's contest Matheson will be paired with Steven Kampfer. There is no reason to pick Matheson up at this point but we would keep an eye on him in the future.
Feb 20 - 10:15 AM

Michael Matheson has been called up by the Florida Panthers.

Taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Matheson might become a great defenseman, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a worthwhile fantasy asset in standard leagues. He's been limited to five goals and 14 points in 43 AHL contests this season, so at very least we don't recommend picking him up in single season leagues.
Feb 19 - 12:39 PM

Michael Matheson has been sent down to the minors.

The Panthers also assigned Shane Harper and MacKenzie Weegar to Portland of the AHL. Matheson was expected to spend most of the upcoming season in the minors, but he could be in line for a promotion if a call up is required. He has great skating ability and offensive instincts.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Florida Panthers prospect Michael Matheson scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday night.

Matheson was a first round pick of the Panthers in 2012 and has spent the last three years at Boston College. He is highly regarded within the Panthers organization. Keep your eye on him as training camp progresses. The other goal scorers for the Panthers were Alexander Barkov and Shane Harper. This was the second of two split-squad games between these two teams on Sunday.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 10:47:00 PM

The Panthers expect to have defenseman Michael Matheson full-time at the NHL level in 2016.

Depending on how the 21-year-old progresses at the American Hockey League, he could be a call-up this season. Matheson played five AHL games last year after three seasons at Boston College. He had 25 points in 38 games last year with BC, and two assists in the AHL. "His adjustment is going to be more on the timing of his puck decisions, things like that, said the Panthers’ director of scouting Scott Luce. "Once he adjusts to the quickness and the pace of play, he’ll be OK. The thing is, will it come immediately or will it take a month or two, or the whole season? He will have to adjust, but all prospects have to do that.’’
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 09:21:00 AM

Describing him as a "mover" and a "thinker," Florida Panthers management provided a positive comparison between defenseman Michael Matheson and Chicago Blackhawks star Duncan Keith.

"Mike’s a dynamic skater, moves the puck well, just like Duncan Keith, obviously," Bryan McCabe said back in early July. "I think we’d be jumping for joy if we caught lightning in a bottle like that." Florida selected Matheson 23rd overall in 2012, and he's gotten his feet wet a bit at the AHL level after his third season with Boston College. Those comparisons are lofty, but it will be interesting to see how he pans out over time (Matheson is 21).
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 07:18:00 PM

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C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Derek MacKenzie
5Greg McKegg
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Jared McCann
4Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Colton Sceviour
4Shawn Thornton
5Logan Shaw
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Jason Demers
4Mark Pysyk
5Alex Petrovic
6Jakub Kindl
7Michael Matheson
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer
3Reto Berra