#34 – Stelio Mattheos, RW – Brandon, WHL
TSN – #65
Central Scouting – #38 NAS
ISS – #33
Future Considerations – #89
McKeens – #51
THN – #46
Craig Button – #68
Hockey Prospect – #59
COMPARABLE : Radim Vrbata
UPSIDE : 2nd Line Goal-Scoring RW
FLOOR : 3rd Line Goal-Scoring RW
After being drafted 1st overall in the WHL by Brandon back in to 2014, expectations were sky high for Mattheos. I think he probalby had some trouble living up to that billing but I feel like he had a strong draft eligible year. I’m a big fan of the way this player sees the ice and plays the game and some of the skills he has you just can’t teach, like natural goal-scoring ability. Mattheos plays the game with a ton of intensity and has a strong work ethic. A solid all-around player with an excellent shot.
My comparable for him is Radim Vrbata and when you think about the way he can score goals, I think that’s appropriate. It took Vrbata some time to learn to become a better defensive player earlier on in his career and I think I could easily see Mattheos taking the same kind of path.
I think he’ll be a pretty good pick if it’s late 1st round and anything beyond the middle of the 2nd round is likely a steal.
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