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Michael Matheson | Defenseman | #19

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

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Michael Matheson has inked an eight-year contract with the Florida Panthers.
The team didn't disclose financial terms, but it's reportedly worth a total of $39 million. "Mike is an important part of our team's young core and we are thrilled that he has decided to remain a Panther for the long term," GM Dale Tallon said. "He is a dynamic and intelligent defenseman with impeccable character and work ethic. Mike has developed into a difference maker on our blue line and will be an important player and leader for the Panthers for many years to come." His entry-level contract will expire after the 2017-18 season. Matheson has recorded 17 points in 86 career NHL contests. Oct 9 - 2:24 PM

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Michael Matheson got his sixth goal of the season in Thursday's 6-2 loss to Montreal.

"It's a little bittersweet," Matheson said afterward. "It was nice to get a goal in my hometown, but looking back at the game it's one I'd like to forget and I'm sure my teammates feel the same way. We didn't come ready to play." He has posted 16 points in 76 outings.
Mar 31 - 9:05 AM

Michael Matheson has been a key member of Florida's top-ranked penalty killing unit.

"He's been very good with his stick, which has been one of the areas he's improved the most on," interim coach Tom Rowe said. "He breaks up a lot of plays before they even get started. Obviously, he's become one of the better penalty killers that we have." Matheson has also contributed five goals, 15 points, 104 blocks and 166 shots, while averaging 20:48 of ice time per game.
Mar 23 - 8:36 AM

Michael Matheson has been one of Florida's best defensemen this season.

Matheson's offensive totals are modest (five goals and nine assists in 52 games), but it's his overall play that has impressed his teammates. "He is just so easy to play with," said Matheson's defense partner, Alex Petrovic. "He’s never in bad position. Even though this is his first full NHL season, I think he’s one of the best defensemen around." The 22-year-old is already averaging 20:39 of ice time.
Feb 11 - 11:48 AM

Michael Matheson scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Matheson opened the scoring just 2:24 into the game and his second of the contest tied the game at four in the middle frame. He finished the game with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and seven shots on goal in 18:58 of ice time. Matheson now has five goals and nine assists in 50 games this season. Mark Pysyk, Colton Sceviour, Jonathan Marchessault and Jason Demers also scored for the Panthers tonight.
Jan 31 - 10:43 PM

Florida Panthers defensemen Michael Matheson and Aaron Ekblad both made four shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins Saturday night.

In the last four games the Panthers have played against the Bruins they have come up short every time. In four games they have only scored five goals with a grand total of zero being added tonight. Surprisingly, the defense had the best luck getting pucks to the net with Matheson and Ekblad both making four shots on goal. Their combined eight shots made up 32% of the 25 total for the team. Matheson had the highest time on ice of the team with 21:59 followed closely by Ekblad with 21:29. Both defensemen have shown the ability to score with seven and three goals the season respectively, but nothing was getting past Tuukka Rask Saturday night.
Jan 8 - 2:43 AM

Michael Matheson scored a goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The rookie now has three goals eight assists and 12 penalty minutes in 31 games this season. He's averaging just over 20 minutes of ice time per game. He isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues this year, but he has some nice long-term potential.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:44:00 AM

Michael Matheson picked up his second helper in as many games during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Flyers.

The 22-year-old rookie is now up to seven assists and nine points over the first 29 games of his career, 26 coming this season.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:02:00 PM

With Steven Kampfer returning to the press box, Michael Matheson will get back into the lineup on Sunday against Detroit.

The young defender has two goals and four points with nine blocks and five hits through seven games, and is a must-play in all formats.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 03:17:00 PM

Rookie defenseman Michael Matheson, who was a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon against Buffalo, should draw back in against the Red Wings on Sunday.

The talented youngster was given a breather after going a combined minus three over his last two games. Steve Kampfer, who played in Matheson's place, will likely be a scratch Sunday.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Michael Matheson and Kyle Rau will be scratched from Saturday's match with Buffalo.

Rau has yet to produce through three games thus far, while Matheson has been a boon. The young defender Matheson has two goals and four points with nine blocks and five hits through seven games. It doesn't seem as though he's hurt, so this could just be a game off for the 22-year-old.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 12:03:00 PM

Michael Matheson scored for the second time in two games Thursday night.

He got Florida on the board before the end of the first period after Washington took a 2-0 lead. Matheson finished with three shots and two blocks in 20:08 of ice time in a 4-2 loss to the Capitals.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 07:58:00 AM

Michael Matheson scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Matheson has looked very comfortable in his first full year as an NHLer. His goal at the 15:52 mark of the third period gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for Florida, they let the game slip away in the final seconds of regulation before losing in the shootout. Matheson finished the game with a plus-1 rating, three shots on goal and one blocked shot in 20:17 of ice time. The 22-year-old has two points in three games this season.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 11:23:00 PM

Michael Matheson helped the Panthers record a 2-1 overtime win against New Jersey on Thursday night.

He knocked down Damon Severson behind the net during the extra session and fed the puck to Aleksander Barkov for the game winner. Matheson appeared in three games with the Panthers at the end of the 2015-16 season and he's expected to be on the roster for the entire 2016-17 campaign.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 08:23:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jared McCann
3Denis Malgin
4Connor Brickley
5Micheal Haley
RW1Evgenii Dadonov
2Radim Vrbata
3Owen Tippett
4Colton Sceviour
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Keith Yandle
3Michael Matheson
4Alex Petrovic
5Mark Pysyk
6Ian McCoshen
7MacKenzie Weegar
G1Roberto Luongo
2James Reimer