Sunday, October 2, 2011

Matt Finn

Matt Finn - Guelph Storm

6'0" - 197 LBS
D.O.B. February 24, 1994

Matt Finn was the Storm's first round pick, 12th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft and is entering his second season in Guelph. He recorded 3 goals and 18 assists in 60 games during his rookie season and followed that up with 3 assists in 5 playoff games.

Prior to being drafted, Finn played Midget AAA for the Toronto Marlboros where he scored 22 times and added 35 assists. In 2010-2011 he played for the gold medal champion Team Ontario at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge where he scored once in 5 games. This all led to Finn making the NHL Central Scouting's B list of players to watch for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Finn is an extremely mobile defenseman with very good skating ability. He has excellent vision and can make a very good first pass and adept at carrying the puck. Defensively, his skating allows him to be positionally sound. He defends with an active stick that's always in the passing lanes.

Finn has decent size and seems to enjoy the physical game. He's not afraid to throw a check nor take a hit to make a play. He sometimes however, goes out of his way to try and make a hit. With experience, he'll learn to pick his situations carefully which will make that much better defensively.

Finn is playing for a somewhat depleted Guelph team after last season, but he, as well as his team, are off to a fantastic start this season. Guelph is off to a 3-1-1 start and Finn has contributed a goal and 3 assists in those 5 contests.

While he is not at the level of the Ceci's and Koekkoek's, and may never be, he could very well be near the top of the next level of defenders.

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