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Michael Matheson | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 2/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 178
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Michael Matheson plans to return to Boston College for the 2014-15 campaign.
Matheson had three goals and 21 points in 38 NCAA games in 2013-14. Florida took him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Jul 14 - 9:43 AM

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Due to the ongoing labor dispute between the league and the players, the Florida Panthers have cancelled their annual rookie camp and tournament.

This doesn't come as a major surprise given the current conditions, but those eager to see Panthers first-round pick Michael Matheson in action will have to wait.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 09:50:00 AM

Michael Matheson is expected to develop his game at the college level next season, but he has made a positive impression on Florida's brass at the team's development camp.

"He is not only a good player, but a real character guy," said director of player development Brian Skrudland. "There have been no surprises with this guy. He can skate, has the heart and the desire. He knows what he wants. He's going to Boston College, and why not? He's excited, and we're excited for him. We're looking forward to seeing this guy in the future." The mobile defender is committed to play for Boston College next year. The Panthers selected him 23rd overall in the 2012 draft.
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 01:11:00 PM

Michael Matheson has been selected by the Florida Panthers with the 23rd pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

While his offensive numbers may not catch scouts' eyes, Matheson is known as one of the best defensive defensemen in this year's crop. He played this past season with players generally older than him but still managed to compete at a high level. He is a top-end skater and attracts teams with his ability to close the separation between himself and the opposition. He is rarely caught out of defensive position because he almost never takes risks. His offensive game needs work. He doesn't have great puck possession skills and he holds only an average shot. He is more of a first pass defenseman rather than a blueliner who will lead the rush. Nevertheless, Matheson projects to be the perfect complementary player that will fit on any blueline in the league. He should help bolster an already deep prospect pool in Florida.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 10:08:00 PM

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