The Moncton Wildcats continue to work away at bringing highly-touted defenceman Michael Matheson to the QMJHL.
Matheson, selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round (23rd overall) of last Saturday’ NHL draft in Pittsburgh, has long planned to go the NCAA route at Boston College and is coming off a strong season in the United States Hockey League.
The Wildcats acquired his rights from the Shawinigan Cataractes as part of the Brandon Gormley blockbuster trade in January.
“That’s a work in progress — it remains to be seen,” said Wildcats general manager Danny Flynn. “He made a commitment two years ago to go to Boston College. The landscape has changed now that he’s a first-round NHL pick. I had an excellent meeting with he and his family (at the Memorial Cup) and stayed in contact with Michael and we’ll have to see how that plays out.”
The six-foot-two, 175-pounder was the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 QMJHL draft. He had 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 53 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints last season.
At 18, he’d be expected to make a significant impact for the Wildcats.