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2012 NHL Draft Class: Matthew Finn

Guelph Storm Matthew Finn talks about the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft.

Tuesday, 19.06.2012 / 5:01 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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2012 NHL Draft Class: Matthew Finn
Matthew Finn is yet another strong defenceman on the list of the 2012 draft class prospects. He is ranked 16th overall for North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting rankings.

When you scroll through the list of NHL Central Scouting for the first round you’ll find defenceman Matthew Finn sitting in the 16th position of North American skaters. If you take a few minutes to talk with the guy who might be just a number to many, you’ll find a down to earth, confident and composed young man who seems to have a solid understanding of the value and hard work that it takes to become a hockey player.

The 18-year-old, Toronto product just wrapped up his second season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League. The blueliner put up impressive numbers with 10 goals, 38 assists for 48 points in 61 games, a big improvement from his rookie season tallying three goals and 18 assists. Some of that likely to be explained by his added minutes and his strong ability to quarterback the power play.

“I’m a two-way defenceman and this year I quarterbacked the power play and shut down guys in our own end on the penalty kill as well,” explained Finn at the NHL Scouting Combine. “I think I have a good hockey IQ. I can read the game really well and make nice passes to open up seams and I’m a guy who can play big minutes in all situations.”

Finn had a busy week at the Scouting Combine as he met with all but three NHL teams that wanted to know more about him.

“It was a lot of fun and a really good experience,” he said of the interview process. “You get to meet a lot of people high up in the hockey world its kind of eye –opening. Everyone knows what kind of player you are so I think they’re looking at if you know what kind of player you are and what you can be in the future hopefully as well as your character and who you are as a person is huge for these organizations.

“The NHL isn’t just about hockey it’s about developing great people too and a lot of teams are looking for that.”

It’s no secret that the 2012 draft class is stacked with high-end defencemen but Finn didn’t seem too stressed out about the fact and says he’ll just focus on what he can control.

“You try not to look at it,” he commented on the rankings. “You do what you can throughout the season to put yourself in the best position possible for the draft and for your future as a hockey player.

“I think you just have to play your game. You just have to play the game that got you here, work hard and stay disciplined throughout the year and be ready to give yourself the best shot to make that team come September.”

The draft is just days away and the excitement and anticipation is building by the day for all prospects in the draft class.

“I remember years ago just watching the draft and seeing everyone go through it and now that you’re here and it’s you in the limelight and in that situation, it’s pretty cool.”

Like most Canadian born hockey players, Finn said it would be a dream come true to be selected by a Canadian team and shared his positive thoughts on if Winnipeg were the team that called his name.

“A hockey market like Winnipeg is unbelievable, even watching games there and being able to see the atmosphere. It would be an unbelievable city to play in from a hockey point of view and it’s a great city as well. I got to visit it for the Under 17 Championships a couple years back and it was an awesome city and the people there are great. So, if Winnipeg was the one to call my name I’d be extremely fortunate.”

His best piece of advice about becoming a professional hockey player?

“The value of hard work and where it can get you in a career,” said Finn. “We had Scott Walker come in and talk to us. He made a career on hard work and grittiness. You can have all the skill in the world but if you don’t want it then you’re not working hard enough and you’re not going to get there.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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