CHP NHL Draft College Prospect #43: Matt Beattie
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#43 Matt Beattie
By the numbers:
Forward…6-3 175 pounds…committed to Yale
Hometown: White House Station, NJ Birthdate: 12/14/92
11-12 Exeter Academy 28GM 39G 34A 73PTS
10-11 NJ Junior Titans (MJHL) 38GM 23G 24A 47PTS 34PIM
NHL Central Scouting Mid-term ranking #129– North American skaters
Tireless worker with skills to match the effort. Will require seasoning, but the size and the attitude can make all the difference.
What they’re saying:
“Matt has been outstanding all year in his post-grad year. He is the leading scorer in New England with 28 goals, 29 assists in 18 games. He’s one of my all-time favorites in 25 years here. Matt loves to practice, play, and enjoy the game with his teammates. He’s a real competitor when the going gets tough. His skating is outstanding, explosive and he has pretty darn good hands as well. He needs to improve speed of his shot and put on some weight, but Matt has flown under the radar. He could be the real deal.”
Exeter Academy coach Dana Barbin to College Hockey Prospective
Even in his days in the MJHL, scouts had an eye on Beattie. He has blossomed nicely in his post-graduate year at Exeter to put him in the mix for June’s NHL Draft. Expect continued improvement at Yale, from whence some NHL team will happily wait for his development.