We’ve got ON ICE Leafs clips, ladies and gentleman! The Maple Leafs informal, pre-preseason-pre-training camp skates are underway as of yesterday, and in day two Auston Matthews has shown up with a lip cozy and the same soft, silky hands he’s always had.
In the clip to follow, Auston Matthews is skating and sniping in a 3-on-3 Leafs scrimmage to start training camp. It’s hard to see who he’s playing against, but he appears to skin and embarrass Trevor Moore on a toe-drag before tapping in a tic-tac-toe passing play past Frederik Anderson.
He also finishes off a nifty dummy pass (Lemieux no-touch through the legs pass) five-hole on Anderson to finish up the mini highlight reel. The most important part of this clip is Matthews smiling moustached face after making his teammates look silly on the ice.
Mitch Marner and his contract talk have eaten up most of the headlines this offseason in Leafs Nation and it’s allowed Matthews to fly under the radar and enjoy a more sheltered break.
The American forward will play 1A/1B center with John Tavares this year and will look to jump back in on the 40 goal club again, if not in hopes of exceeding it in search of the Rocket Richard trophy. No debates, no hate, no hot takes. This post is all about the excitement headed our way with the NHL back and the reminder that Auston Matthews is absolutely disgusting with a hockey stick in his hands.
October can’t come soon enough.