Mike Matheson
Mike Matheson
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Florida Panthers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a solid 17-point rookie campaign, Matheson took another step forward last year, setting career bests with 10 goals and 27 points. The 6-foot-2 blueliner also played 81 games for the second year in a row and has blocked 255 shots over the last two years. He exceeded 21 minutes of ice time per game, including just over a minute in an increased role on the power play. Matheson has established himself as a key piece to Florida's blue line and signed a huge eight-year contract prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. Health permitting, expect Matheson to preserve his two-way utility on the way to another 25-plus-point output this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $39 million contract with the Panthers in October of 2017.
Goes coast-to-coast
DFlorida Panthers
December 5, 2018
Matheson scored for the first time in 17 games during a 5-0 win over the Bruins on Tuesday.
Matheson started in his own zone and carried the puck past the Bruins' skaters to pot a goal of his own in an impressive effort. The 24-year-old had 27 points last season and is well on his way to passing that mark this season with 12 already on his ledger through 24 contests.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Panthers’ patience has really paid off with Matheson, a first-round pick who played three years at Boston College and spent another in the AHL before playing 81 games for Florida this past season. It was surprising how well he adjusted to the NHL as a rookie, averaging 21:03 per game -- third among Florida blueliners behind only Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle. Even though Matheson scored just 17 points, he’s known for his high hockey IQ and ability to move the puck. He’s also improved tremendously on the defensive side of the puck, often playing on the first penalty-killing unit. The second season is always tougher for young players, but Matheson is a virtual lock for a top-four role, which should lead to an increase in offensive production.
Florida’s willingness to trade Erik Gudbranson in the offseason likely stemmed from the franchise’s belief in Matheson’s ability to be NHL-ready. The 22-year-old got a small taste of the big leagues with three NHL appearances last season, but spent most of his time accruing eight goals and 12 assists in 54 games for the AHL’s Portland Pirates. While the former Boston College standout does bring some offensive skills to the table, it’s wise to temper expectations early on as he adjusts to the NHL.
After a three-year career at Boston College as a strong two-way defenseman, Matheson made the jump to the AHL for the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. He didn't score a goal and recorded two assists in only five games in the minors, but the Panthers don't believe the lack of professional experience will necessarily preclude him from cracking the Opening Night roster. More than willing to jump into the play on offense, Matheson played alongside another excellent two-way defenseman in Noah Hanifin at BC last season, which at times left them exposed on the back end. As a result, Matheson will need to show he's capable as a shutdown defender before moving up the Panthers' depth chart.
The 20-year-old Matheson is slated to begin his junior season at Boston College in the fall, temporarily leaving his development out of the Panthers’ hands. That being said, the BC coaching staff has certainly guided the first-round selection from 2012 on a favorable career trajectory, with the blueliner earning second-team All-America honors as a sophomore. Matheson, who checks in at a robust 6-foot-2 and 189 pounds, has accumulated 46 points in 74 career games with the Eagles, and seemingly has nothing left to prove at the NCAA level. Once his college campaign concludes, there’s a decent chance Matheson could get some run with the NHL club for a short time late in the season, as the Panthers look to assess their blue line options for 2015-16.
Matheson is coming off a stellar freshman campaign with Boston College, and will probably remain there for at least the 2013-14 season. He racked up eight goals and 17 assists in 36 games with the Golden Eagles, but the 19-year-old probably won't be a factor in the NHL for a couple years. Judging by his most recent campaign though, Matheson is certainly worth keeping an eye on for the future.
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Collects assist in loss
DFlorida Panthers
November 24, 2018
Matheson tallied an assist during a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday.
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Six points in last eight games
DFlorida Panthers
November 15, 2018
Matheson delivered two assists Thursday in a 7-3 loss to Columbus.
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Power-play helper in Global Series victory
DFlorida Panthers
November 2, 2018
Matheson delivered a power-play assist in a 4-2 Global Series win over the Jets on Friday.
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Gets first goal of season
DFlorida Panthers
October 27, 2018
Matheson scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Devils.
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Back from suspension
DFlorida Panthers
October 20, 2018
Matheson has served his two-game suspension for his controversial hit on Vancouver's Elias Pettersson in last week's game. According to Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site, the defenseman will be in the lineup against the Red Wings on Saturday evening.
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