Matt Finn to Maple Leafs: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Height/Weight: 6'0"/185 lbs.
Youth Team: Toronto Marlboros
Current Team: Guelph (OHL)
There are many defensemen in this year's draft who do a few things well, but Matt Finn is one of the rare blueliners who has the versatility to excel in every area. There is no question that offensive play is his bread and butter and the biggest reason why he was selected 35th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he is the type of player who puts consistent effort into everything he does.
Finn became an assistant captain in his second season with the OHL's Guelph Storm, and his production took a huge leap forward with it. Finn racked up 10 goals and 47 points in 61 games and added two more in six playoff contests.
One concern, though, is that he sported a minus-13 rating, which may have kept him from being taken as early as he could have.
Where Finn will really earn his stripes in the NHL is as a puck-moving defenseman. He is a very speedy and smooth skater and he has the intelligence to find cracks in the opposition's defense as he lugs the puck up the ice.
Finn isn't as stylish on the ice as a lot of the other defensemen in the class, but he is just as effective as most of them in terms of his offensive play.
Finn also brings some great intangibles to the table, as he is a fantastic leader who really stepped up in that regard this past season. He also has fantastic hockey IQ and always seems to make the smart decision with the puck.
It isn't all positive with Finn, however, as he could stand to be more physical with opposing forwards and his lack of size may limit him to some degree in the NHL.
In terms of maturity, Finn already has an NHL mindset. He still needs to grow physically, however, and his defensive game needs to round out before he is ready to play in the world's top league. He is at least two years away from playing in the NHL, and if his defensive skill can come along as much as his offense has over the past year, then he figures to be a solid two-way defender.
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