Mike Matheson

Mike Matheson

28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Pittsburgh Penguins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Matheson's eight-year, $39 million contract he signed while a member of the Panthers back in 2017 remains a significant long-term anchor for Pittsburgh, but he did play better in his first year with the Penguins in 2020-21 (five goals, 16 points in 44 games) than his last few in Florida. Matheson was a plus player (plus-9 rating) for the first time in his career last season in addition to seeing a significant bump in power-play time (58 seconds per game), although he did nothing (one assist) with that opportunity. The Penguins simply need Matheson to play steady, mistake-free hockey, something he is capable of doing, but not a role that will lead to much fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $39 million contract extension with the Panthers in October of 2017. Traded to the Penguins in September of 2020.
Posts new career bests
DPittsburgh Penguins
May 23, 2022
Matheson garnered 11 goals and 20 assists, both career highs, in 74 games this season, inducing five game-winning goals.
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Matheson's offensive game was on full display this season even if he was an afterthought on the man advantage for most of the campaign. If the team decides to move on from Kris Letang this offseason, it will almost certainly be the 28-year-old Matheson who is tasked with trying to fill the offensive gap left behind.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:43
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
18:02
0:13
1:13
2020–21
18:38
0:58
0:06
2021–22
18:48
0:43
0:14
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The departure of Jack Johnson means there will need to be a new scapegoat on the blue line in Pittsburgh this season and Matheson has all the attributes to fill that void for the Penguins faithful given his large contract and the fact that he was acquired by trading away folk hero Patric Hornqvist. In his last three seasons, the 25-year-old defender has been able to reach the 20-point threshold, including the 2019-20 campaign in which he did so despite playing in just 59 contests. If Matheson is able to contribute at a similar pace this year, it will no doubt be thanks to new defensive coach Todd Reirden.
Matheson is still waiting for that breakout campaign after recording 27 points in each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound blueliner doesn't have any glaring weaknesses but struggled with increased responsibility defensively last season, posting a minus-24 rating. While there's still time for growth at age 25, Matheson's ceiling will be capped by a lack of power-play time -- Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad are both locked into significantly larger roles with the extra man.
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.
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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Dishes trio of helpers
DPittsburgh Penguins
May 7, 2022
Matheson recorded three assists, four shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Rangers in Game 3.
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Scores again Tuesday
DPittsburgh Penguins
April 6, 2022
Matheson scored a goal on one shot versus the Avalanche on Tuesday.
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Continues strong play
DPittsburgh Penguins
March 17, 2022
Matheson scored a goal and collected four hits in a 3-2 win over the Blues on Thursday.
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Removed from IR
DPittsburgh Penguins
March 11, 2022
Matheson (upper body) was activated off injured reserve Friday, per the NHL media site.
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Approaching return
DPittsburgh Penguins
Upper Body
March 10, 2022
Matheson (upper body) returned to full practice Thursday, per Wes Crosby of NHL.com.
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