The 6-foot-1, 210-pound local of Scottsdale, Ariz., could be a initial American-born actor to be a initial collect of a breeze given a Chicago Blackhawks comparison Patrick Kane with a initial collect of a 2007 draft.
Also named to Team North America were forwards Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay Lightning), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers) and Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), and defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers), Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues) and Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets).
Team North America facilities a best players age 23 years and younger as of Oct. 1 from Canada and a United States.
Matthews, 18, will be a youngest actor on a roster. He led a United States with 6 goals during a 2016 IIHF World Championship and tied Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) for a lead with 9 points. Larkin was one of a initial 16 players named to Team North America on Mar 2.
Matthews also played opposite older, some-more gifted foe this deteriorate with Zurich in National League A, a tip veteran joining in Switzerland. He won a Rising Star endowment and finished second in voting for a league’s many profitable actor award.
Drouin played a large partial in a Stanley Cup Playoffs for a Lightning, with 5 goals and 9 assists in 17 games, including a idea in a Lightning’s 2-1 detriment to a Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of a Eastern Conference Final on Thursday.
An invitation to a World Cup of Hockey was something few could have envisioned for Drouin progressing this season. The Lightning sent him to Syracuse of a American Hockey League on Jan. 2, and a subsequent day he requested to be traded. When that didn’t happen, he left Syracuse and was dangling but compensate on Jan. 20. He returned to Syracuse on Mar 7 and was removed by a Lightning on Apr 7 to supplement to an offense that had mislaid captain Steven Stamkos to medicine to mislay a blood clot nearby his right collarbone.
Nugent-Hopkins, 23, has played 313 NHL games and reached 50 points 3 times in 5 seasons.
Scheifele, who can play right wing and center, had his best NHL deteriorate in 2015-16 with 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists).
Gostisbehere had 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 64 games this season, and set an NHL rookie defenseman record with a 15-game indicate streak. He’s also a finalist for a Calder Memorial Trophy as a NHL’s tip rookie.
Trouba played 81 games this deteriorate and had 6 goals, 15 assists, 144 hits and 177 blocked shots while averaging 22:03 of ice time per game.
Parayko, a 23-year-old rookie, had 9 goals, 24 assists, 102 hits and 122 blocked shots in 79 games.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 during Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All games will be televised by ESPN in a United States and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
Here is a whole Team North America register (alphabetically by position):
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers; Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres; Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames; Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings; Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche; Auston Matthews, Zurich (SUI); Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers; J.T. Miller, New York Rangers; Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers; Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets; Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers; Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers; Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets; Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues; Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs; Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks; Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets; Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins