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The Auston Matthews Collection: Coming soon to a mall near you?

The young Leafs superstar admits to planning a career in fashion.

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File this under the category of “thing you never thought you’d hear in a hockey dressing room”, but earlier today Sportsnet reporter Luke Fox caught up with Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews, to talk a little fashion. Say what!? That’s right, fashion.

The always fashionable Matthews clearly has an eye and taste for style and clothing and isn’t afraid to let his personality show through his attire. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised then when he admitted to Fox that he’s “definitely” interesting in starting his clothing line and was even in talks to launch things this past summer when he determined that the timing wasn’t right.

Check it out:

Interesting. While we’re no fashion experts at Leafs Feed, there’s no denying that the kid has style. Check out some of these duds… they’d make Grapes himself jealous:

Lookin’ good, AM34. Just one bit of advice from us Leafs fans, though. Please, please, please just deliver us at least one Stanley Cup before you decide to hit the runways of Paris and Milan. While you may be a fashion icon in the making, right now your true value is on the ice to this team. Let’s bring home the Cup before you concern yourself with the latest fashion trends. Deal?

In other Leafs news, the team hit the ice for its final preparations in advance of tomorrow night's opening game of their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the rival Boston Bruins. According to TSN's Kristen Shilton, the Leafs will go with a lineup similar to the one that they've iced the past few games, with rookie Andreas Johnsson sitting out for veteran Leo Komarov on the fourth line and defenseman Connor Carrick sitting in favour of veteran Roman Polak. The full lines, courtesy of Shilton's reporting are as follows:

Forwards

Hyman - Matthews - Nylander
Marleau - Kadri - Marner
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Brown
Komarov - Plekanec - Kapanen

Scratches: Leivo, Martin, Moore, Johnsson

Defense

Rielly-Hainsey
Gardiner-Zaitsev
Dermott-Polak

Scratches: Carrick

Of course, goaltender Frederik Andersen will get the start with Big Mac, Curtis McElhinney backing him up on the bench. Puck drop is 7pm from TD Garden in Boston. Go, Leafs go!