If it seems like things are coming easy to Mark Matthews in the early goings of his NLL career, that shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
The NLL’s Rookie of the Month for January and the leading first-year points producer through Week 5, the No. 1 overall draft pick is benefitting from his familiarity with members of the Edmonton Rush roster, and the bench, too. As a Junior A player who got around a bit, Matthews played alongside the likes of Curtis Knight and John LaFontaine in Whitby, with Jeff Cornwall in Coquitlam (winning a Minto Cup in 2010, to boot), and he’s played against guys like Kyle Rubisch, Chris Corbeil and Corey Small.
“There’s a lot of guys here that I’ve played with, some guys I’ve played with or against my whole life,” said Matthews, a Team 22 sponsored athlete. “Having played with some of the guys has helped my transition. … It’s nice because you get a couple practices in and you start to become familiar with one another and start to know what to expect out of other guys.” READ MORE »