Dubuque Fighting Saints/USHL
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Matthew Savoie was one of the most hyped prospects in 2019, along with Shane Wright and Brad Lambert. After a subpar season in the WHL with the Winnipeg Ice, Savoie joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, and returned to his dominant form, tearing up the USHL.
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Excellent
Defensive Play Average
Hockey Sense Excellent
- Dynamic Skater, with outstanding playmaking skills.
- Excellent vision and hockey sense, compliments his skating and playmaking skills.
- Has a quick release, and is a scoring threat from the blueline in.
Areas of Improvement
- Is a little undersized and tends gets knocked the puck in the corners.
- Needs to work on his defensive zone coverage
Matthew Savoie is projected to the second overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, behind Shane Wright, and rightly so. Savoie is a dynamic skater, with outstanding playmaking and scoring ability; he also has tremendous hockey sense and vision to make his skating and playmaking skills stand out. It was not smooth sailing for Matthew Savoie during the 2019-20 season; after scoring 19 goals and 52 points in 22 goals with Rink Hockey Academy Prep in the CSSHL U18 league, Matthew was drafted by the Winnipeg ICE of the WHL, but he only registered 7 points in 22 goals. In the 2020-21 season, Savoie started the season with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL, scoring 3 goals and 6 points in 4 games. After a dominant stint in the AJHL, Savoie was added by the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. With the Fighting Saints, Savoie scored 21 goals and 38 points in 34 games, which was good enough to be named to the USHL’s all-rookie team. Matthew Savoie is comparable to Mat Barzal, and like Barzal he could become an impact player right away at the NHL level, and eventually could be a 1st line center for the team he gets drafted by. Savoie has a firm grip on the 2nd spot in the draft, unless Brad Lambert has a tremendous season this year, and jumps him in the rankings.
Skill: A Speedy, dynamic playmaker with goal scoring ability
NHL Comparison: Mat Barzal
NHL Potential: 1st line Center
|2019-20||Rink Hockey Academy Prep||CSSHL U18||22||19||52|
|2020-21||Dubuque Fighting Saints||USHL||34||21||38|