#10 - Matthew Coronato
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
2020-21 Team: Chicago Steel (USHL)
Stats: 48 Goals, 37 Assists, 85 Points in 51 Games
Drafted in 2021, Round 1, Pick 13
2020 Ranking: N/A
Cracking the top ten in his first year of eligibility is the Calgary Flames 2021 first round pick in Matthew Coronato! Coronato joins the Flames franchise coming off an impressive USHL season with the Chicago Steel where he compiled 57 goals and 98 total points over 59 regular season and playoff games. To say he dominated the USHL is to put things lightly as his 48 goal regular season easily won the league goal scoring title, with the next closest player having just 32 goals.
Here's a list of USHL players that had a 1.60 points per game or better in their draft year:— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) September 20, 2021
- Alex Turcotte
- Jack Hughes
- Oliver Wahlstrom
- Clayton Keller
- Jack Eichel
Coronato was at 1.67 in the regular season. https://t.co/IAz7Tz2hCa
In Coronato, the Flames hope to fill a gap of an elite right handed shooting forward in their lineup. Obviously he is still likely a number of years away, but adding that potential to the organization is nothing short of impressive work by scouting.
MATTHEW CORONATO, W, USHL, 13th OVERALL— Byron Bader (@ByronMBader) July 24, 2021
Absolutely love the Coronato pick. Consensus had him going a bit later, possibly even into the 20's. This is a guy that profiles like a pick in the teens and love that Calgary got him there. pic.twitter.com/JrKAENoF2B
#CofRed select Matthew Coronato 13th overall. I ranked him 4th overall and 4th among forwards.— Patrick Bacon (@TopDownHockey) July 24, 2021
Coronato scored nearly a goal a game in the USHL this season and topped that rate in 8 playoff games. His size may scare NHL teams off, but statistically profiles as a great prospect. pic.twitter.com/Dtg14gR1pm
Coronato will be taking his talents to Harvard this fall to join their men’s hockey team. His season will get underway in October and he will definitely be a marquee player to watch develop over the next season or so. There’s already a lot to be excited about with this kid and with some good development, he could end up being a home run from this draft, the ceiling is absolutely there.
Just saying, with the asking price having been a 1st and a 3rd to protect Mark Giordano in expansion, I’m glad the Flames didn’t give in as missing out on a pick like this had the potential to do far more harm long term to the club.
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