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(Windsor, ON) – A lot changed for Mathew MacDougall in 2017-18.
After committing to the Spitfires in August, the talented left winger went on to finish sixth in goals among Ontario Hockey League rookies (17) while finishing fifth in points on our club (32). While his skills and potential are obvious, he finds himself the 183rd-ranked North American skater headed into this weekend’s NHL Draft in Dallas.
Q: How do you plan on spending the day Saturday?
MM: I’m going to stay home and spend it with my family. It’s obviously not a for sure I will get drafted, so I thought being home would be the best opportunity to just enjoy the day.
Q: How would you sum up your first year in the OHL?
MM: It’s the best development league in the world for a reason. You got into it and suddenly you’re playing against first-round picks, guys that have signed pro contracts in a lot of cases. At some point you hope to be playing like these top guys. If you can measure yourself and see where you’re at it’s a big step.
Q: How do you view where you’re at as a player and how do you hope to be viewed by NHL teams at this point?
MM: I’m definitely still developing. Again, after just a single year in the league and making adjustments on the fly, I’m not at my peak and wouldn’t want to be. I still have a lot of time and it’s not the end of the world if I don’t get drafted. I will use it as motivation to be better and there’s still opportunities to reach that goal of getting a professional contract down the road.