"Auston Matthews, a dynamic center projected by some to be the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, is accelerating his academics at the U.S. National Team Developmental Program with an eye toward being eligible for college in 2015-16. According to sources, he's told acquaintances that UW is one of the schools he's interested in. The NTDP under-18 squad played the Badgers in Madison in December and Matthews scored two goals en route to a 4-1 exhibition victory."
When talking about Jones and Tkachuk, does McCarron's slow start to his OHL career impact their decisions?
There are enough quality prospects who had slow starts in the NCAA that it should cut both ways. I generally don't care too much who chooses to go where but I think it'd be fun to see Mathews go the NCAA route to keep the whole "how's he stacking up to Eichel?" thing going.
Which US top prospects for the 2016 draft are going to be in the CHL next year?
Max Jones - London Knights
Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights
Chad Krys - Moncton Wildcats
Auston Matthews - Everett Silvertips
I don't think Moncton wants to say it but it seems unlikely that Krys comes up although the fact he has yet to make a commitment is somewhat encouraging. There are some that think Moncton actually has a better shot at Luke McInnis (committed to BC) than Krys, although at this point I would be surprised if either shows up.
On a side note, I wonder whether Moncton will continue on their strategy of drafting the amount of American they have in the past 2 years (5 in the top 8 rounds and 8 overall in 14 rounds last year alone). Out of those 8 it seems like Liam Murphy will be the only one on the team next year unless something changes. To be fair though only the Luke McInnis pick (4th round) actually hurts if he doesn't show up and to a lesser degree RJ Murphy in the 6th. I think taking Krys in the seventh was definitely worth the shot
My gut is that Krys is most likely to play college hockey. Unfortunately, US prospects are now getting too good to play NTDP/USHL during their senior years of HS. Accelerating two years of HS classwork has to be stressful, which surely plays into their decisions.