Shawn Matthias

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Shawn Matthias
Shawn Matthias 2012-03-09.JPG
Born (1988-02-19) February 19, 1988 (age 30)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16 st 7 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Florida Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Avalanche
Winnipeg Jets
NHL Draft 47th overall, 2006
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2008–present

Shawn Matthias (born February 19, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Matthias has previously played in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers, having been originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 47th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Matthias was a natural centre early in his career, however since going pro he has made the transition to being able to play the wings as well.

Playing career[edit]

Matthias played his major junior ice hockey career with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. During the following season, 2006–07, his rights were traded, along with conditional draft picks to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi on February 27, 2007.[1]

On January 18, 2008, the Panthers called up Matthias from Belleville. In his second NHL game on January 19, 2008, he scored his first two goals, both against goaltender Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals.[2]

On March 4, 2014, Matthias was traded, along with goaltender Jacob Markström, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony.[3]

On February 13, 2015, Matthias recorded his first career NHL hat-trick in a 5–2 Canucks win over the Boston Bruins.[4]

Despite posting a career-high in goals (18) and points (27) during the 2014–15 season, the Canucks opted not to re-sign Matthias after the expiration of his contract, whereupon on July 6, 2015, he signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent.[5] Following the signing, Matthias expressed via Twitter that he was a Maple Leafs fan growing up and that he "couldn't be happier to play for [his] hometown team."[6]

In the 2015–16 season, Matthias made his Maple Leaf debut on opening night in a 3-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens on October 7, 2015.[7] Throughout the year, Matthias failed to score at a pace similar to his prior season in Vancouver, but was still seen as a decent producer given his role on the team. After contributing with 17 points in 51 games, on February 21, 2016, Matthias was traded by the rebuilding Maple Leafs to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2016 Entry Draft and prospect Colin Smith.[8]

On July 1, 2016, Matthias left the Avalanche organization as a free agent, agreeing to a two-year deal with Central division competitors, the Winnipeg Jets.[9]

International play[edit]

Matthias played for Canada at the 2008 World Juniors, where he helped his team win the gold medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Belleville Bulls OHL 37 1 1 2 15 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Belleville Bulls OHL 67 13 21 34 42 6 3 0 3 2
2006–07 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 38 35 73 61 15 13 5 18 10
2007–08 Belleville Bulls OHL 53 32 47 79 50 1 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 4 2 0 2 2
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 16 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Rochester Americans AHL 61 10 10 20 16
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 55 7 9 16 10
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 27 6 7 13 12 7 2 5 7 7
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 51 6 10 16 16
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 79 10 14 24 49 7 0 1 1 6
2012–13 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 4 1 2 3 0
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 48 14 7 21 16
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 59 9 7 16 14
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 3 4 7 12
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 18 9 27 16 6 1 1 2 10
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 51 6 11 17 12
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 20 6 5 11 8
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 8 4 12 13
2017–18 Winnipeg Jets NHL 27 1 2 3 10
NHL totals 551 90 84 174 180 13 1 2 3 16
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Pardubice

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WJC18 4th 7 1 0 1 2
2008 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 3 1 4 4
Junior totals 14 4 1 5 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Wings acquire Bertuzzi from Panthers". ESPN. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  2. ^ "Backstrom, Kozlov power Capitals past Panthers". ESPN. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  3. ^ "Canucks trade Roberto Luongo back to Panthers". The Sports Network. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  4. ^ "Hats off to Shawn Matthias as Canucks knock off Bruins". Vancouver Sun. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  5. ^ "Leafs Sign Shawn Matthias". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  6. ^ "Matthias 'all smiles' after Maple Leafs deal". Sportsnet. 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-06.
  7. ^ "Leafs come up short in opener". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  8. ^ "Leafs deal Matthias to Avalanche for prospect, draft pick". TSN. 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  9. ^ "Jets agree to terms with Shawn Matthias". Winnipeg Jets. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.

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