Elliotte Friedman, a respected hockey insider, has reported that Matthew Knies is on track to officially join the Toronto Maple Leafs from the University of Minnesota. It is believed that Knies’ annual average value (AAV) will be $925K. The 20-year-old winger was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 57th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft and has spent the last two seasons playing college hockey.
During his time at the University of Minnesota, Knies has demonstrated his skills and scoring ability. This season, he tallied 21 goals and 21 assists for a total of 42 points in 40 games. In his previous season, he scored 15 goals and recorded 18 assists, accumulating 33 points in 33 games. His impressive performance has earned him recognition as a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey.
Although the award ultimately went to Michigan’s Adam Fantilli, who will be drafted in the 2023 NHL draft, Knies’ nomination is a testament to his talent and potential. Toronto Maple Leafs fans have reason to be excited about the young prospect joining their team, as he brings an impressive college resume and the potential to develop into a key contributor for the Leafs in the future.
With his skill set and potential, Knies will be a player to watch as he transitions from college to the NHL. The Leafs will likely get him right into the mix in the final games of the regular season, and then having him on deck and ready to potentially be needed in the playoffs. Matthe
Auston Matthew Said this to Mark Masters about Matthew Knies: “Been a pretty big prospect for us for a couple years now so it will be fun to see what he’s all about … It’s going to be fun to get to know him a little bit better & see him in this atmosphere” w Knies Toronto Maple Leafs