Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Mattews met with the media after Monday’s morning skate as the Chicago Blackhawks are in town tonight. During the media scrum, he had some very interesting comments for Mark Lazerus, the Blackhawks beat reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is about to enter the final year of his 20’s and there are now plenty of young American-born players in the NHL who grew up watching him play. One such player is Matthews, who could be the next face of USA hockey as he embarks on his career.
Lazerus asked Matthews about what it is in Kane’s came that made him such a fan.
“He works extremely hard,” Matthews said. “A lot of times people look at a player that talented and that skilled, and you think it’s all just God-given talent and he didn’t really need to work for it. But he’s definitely gotten better every single year, and just seeing him for those couple of days, he’s one of the hardest workers on the ice. He loves to stick around after practice to work on different things, as well as in the gym. That was definitely something that was pretty eye-opening for me.”
Kane also spoke highly of the Leafs rising star today.
“Just really impressed with not only the shot and his quick release, but the way he battles for pucks,” Kane said. “The biggest thing you notice off the ice is how big he is. He’s  years old but he’s got a man’s body. Pretty impressive watching him and skating with him this summer.”
Kane is off to a great start for the Blackhawks with two goals and six points in two games, so Matthews and the Leafs will need to be aware of where number 88 is on the ice at all times.