Prospect Profile: Matthew Savoie

 

Matthew Savoie by Two Points Photography

Name: Matthew Savoie

Team: NAX Midget Prep (CSSHL)

Position: Forward

Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta

Height/Weight: 5’9 160lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 

DraftGeek Rank: 1


 

Areas of Strength

  • Work Ethic
  • Hockey Sense
  • Physical Strength

Areas of Weakness

  • Shooting Consistency
  • Height

Report: The best player the WHL has seen in a long time. Despite committing to the University of Denver, Savoie is still expected to be a top ten pick come draft day. A dominant force who has always played above his age, Savoie won the CSSHL Midget Prep MVP as a 14-year-old and led Team Alberta in scoring at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Brother of AJHL Rookie of the Year Carter Savoie, Matthew provides a much different impact on the game than Carter. A well-round force with the complete package whose prowess in all areas is highlighted by his smarts and work ethic. His motor is endless, showing tenacity both offensively and defensively making him a puck dominant player. Bursting acceleration, Savoie can go from 0 to 60 quickly with deceptive footwork to quickly change direction fluidly and hands that move as fast as his feet. He can burn defenders with a strong outside drive, a skilled play to the inside or by attacking the defenseman’s stick/feet triangle, while also being able to distribute at a high speed as well. A student of the game offensively, Savoie has that rare ability to read and learn from developing chances. He’s got elite vision to not only recognize the open man but also recognizing the most efficient passing lane to that player and executing on it. He’s very deceptive as he has both the high end passing and shooting abilities, Savoie’s shot may not pack extreme velocity but he can hit his spot with pinpoint accuracy. The learning aspect of his game is something that is rare, he sees everything going on and if he makes a mistake, he will often correct it the next time he is in that position. Perhaps what isn’t talked about enough with Savoie is his leadership abilities. He’s a true facilitator both during play and between whistles, communicating to set up the offense. He’s always played a year above his age and always been the architect of his line. What jumps off the page with Savoie is that he not only has that rare speed, but he also has the uncommon ability to execute complicated plays at that speed without thinking twice. He may lack size but that has never held him back. He has a strong lower frame and he’s often closest to the wall in puck battles as he loves to initiate contact and use his strength in his frame to protect the puck and work it out into open ice. Suited up against his own age group at the recent Alberta Cup and despite the lack of production Savoie was creating chances offensively every shift while his speed and playmaking were too much to handle for his age group. Overall, while he is committed to the University of Denver, Savoie is an exceptional player who is not only gifted with elite hockey IQ and compete, but also with the mature strength and speed that he will have no issues translating to whatever level/league he so chooses to play in.