Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews already proved how talented he is since he started playing in the NHL, with a point total of 106 points in 120 games played (regular season and playoffs included). However, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock seems to think Matthews doens't deserve elite player ice-time. Before tonight's game, Matthews had an average ice-time of 18:30 minutes per game, good for the 194th rank in the NHL.
Sportstnet broadcasters even mentioned that Matthews was 153rd in the league for power play ice-time. Again, this is clearly not enough for a player as talented as Matthews.
Matthews, drafted first overall by the Maple Leafs in 2016, has 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 total points in 32 games played so far this season. The 20-year old forward missed six games this season with a concussion. He seems to be healthy, but maybe that Babcock and the Leafs team management try to manage his ice-time to make sure he stays healthy for the entire season.
Here's a little recap of one Matthews best game this year, when he scored two goals against the Vegas Golden Knights on December 31st.