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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Matt Finn

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 6:00 AM / Features
By Greg Fernandez
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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Matt Finn
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, pittsburghpenguins.com will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.







Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds
Shoots: Left
Born: February 24, 1994
Born in: Toronto, ON, CAN
Played the 2011-12 season with: Guelph Storm (Ontario Hockey League)






SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P
2009-10 TORONTO GTHL 79 22 35 67
2010-11 GUELPH OHL 60 3 18 21
2011-12 GUELPH OHL 61 10 38 48



NHL Central Scouting: No. 16 among North American skaters
The Hockey News: No. 18
International Scouting Services: No. 13
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 20
Red Line Report: No. 14
TSN: No. 9

NHL Comparison: Ryan Kessler
NHL Potential: “He has the requisite skills and makeup to be a steady top-six NHL performer.” – McKeen’s Hockey


Relied on heavily for his offensive prowess from the blue line, defenseman Matt Finn exploded in his sophomore season for the Guelph Storm. Finn led all Storm defensemen in goals (10), assists (38) and points (48) and according to McKeen’s Hockey, was “instrumental in Guelph’s surprising entry into the playoffs.” A key cog for the Storm’s power play, Finn totaled 28 points (5G-23A) with the man-advantage, placing him in the top echelon of power-play defensemen entering the 2012 NHL Draft. The two-way blueliner was also a member of the Team Canada’s Ivan Hlinka Tournament squad.


 “Well put together and sturdy on his skates, Finn is not afraid to get physical, as he protects his crease and absorbs hits well… Efficient at carrying the puck, he prides himself more as a pass rusher but he can make a competent first pass. His shot may be one of the best in the draft and he shows poise and creativity not to hurry his decisions with the puck on top of the umbrella as he is especially lethal on the power play at the top of the point.
-McKeen’s Hockey
 


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