NAME: Matthew Wood
TEAM: West Vancouver Warriors (CSSHL)
DRAFT RANKINGS: 8TH
|SKATING: 3.75||SKILL: 4.75||SHOT: 4.5||SMARTS: 5||PHYSICAL: 4.5|
In most game we saw this season, Matthew Wood had the biggest presence of all the West Van forwards including Grayden Slipec. Wood is a dynamic two-way player who has a similar kind of attacking strategy to Nate Danielson from last year. Fearless at attacking traffic with the puck, Wood’s tight puck handling allows him to move through pressure spots in the offensive zone with ease, he has not issues attacking traffic and coming out on the other side. A calculated attacker who sees the ice incredibly well, he will often set up shop high in the right side of the offensive zone. He’s a very structured player who has the attack run through his stick. Has high end vision to make passes and hit the open guys. A scary shooter who may not shoot the puck hard but he pulls it in to his body and snaps it exactly where it needs to go. Tracks the puck down on the back check using his stick from behind to get inside positon and quickly turn the puck back the other way. When West Van struggled at the John Reid it was Matthew Wood with the compete to try to get his team back in the game, the kid does not give up on the play. So smart and so slippery he is difficult to contain, likes to pass and slip behind defenders or shrug them off from him. Good hands around the net and able can screen the goalie with his size. Puck is always on his stick and he loves to be the puck possessive player. Only has one gear to his game and can fail to be a big presence on the back check when his stick work fails but overall whoever is selecting Wood is getting a game breaking player at the WHL level who can drive the offense of his line. Lots of upside to his game. Will fix his heavy feet and lack of a second gear as he gets stronger.