Well, @WordsOfWisdom , I know I won't be saying anything you don't already know, but..
A) Playing in Toronto for a veteran player, even moreso for a young player, carries a crapload of pressure...regardless of contract.
B) Auston Matthews may NEVER live up to 11.6M AAV.....at least, not in the eyes of critics.
Not saying Matthews wasn't worth paying (because he IS), but whenever huge numbers like that are bandied about, the chances of a player actually "earning" every dollar
I'm thinking Matthews' shoulder problems is now out of his mind. We're starting to see the Matthews we saw at the start of the season.
He's controlling play, owning the puck more, even doing the Nylander dippsy doodle, in general is TO's best player altho Tavares is close.
2 goals 1 assist +1
TSN had 2 polls on the go on Friday.
One was are you satisfied/dissatisfied with Matthews this year, the last results I saw 58% were dissatisfied.
The other was who has the most to prove in the upcoming playoffs, Babs, Matthews, others, Matthews had the most to prove by the results of this poll but it was very close between him and Babs.