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Big brag out of Toronto? Auston Matthews is better than Connor McDavid

Edmonton Journal logo Edmonton Journal 2017-01-03 David Staples, Edmonton Journal

This just in, a big brag out of Toronto, that Auston Matthews of the Leafs is a better player than Connor McDavid of the Oilers. It comes by way of writer Nicholas Frost of the Editor in Leaf hockey blog.

“I will stay silent no more!” Frost announces. “Auston Matthews is better than Connor McDavid.”

Why such a claim? Frost gives three reasons.

First, that Matthews is a bigger player and more able to cycle the puck and get to the net, and that’s a greater asset than McDavid’s speed. “(Matthews) is probably is going to score 500 goals from a 6-foot radius in front of the net.”

Two, Matthews is better defensively. Frost points to two over-time plays where McDavid blew it on goals against. “You’d be hard-pressed to show me evidence of Matthews being so lazy /soft/selfish.”

Three, Matthews is a big game player. “When the bright lights are shining and game is on the line, this is a guy who thrives.” Frost makes no mention of McDavid in big games, but concludes: “If I was a betting man, I’d put the farm on McDavid having more Art Ross trophies, but Matthews finishing with more Hart’s and Stanley Cups.”


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