He’d definitely be a reach inside the top ten, but if the LA Kings were to trade down in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, Chicago Steel’s Matt Coronato would be a great selection. He’s a right-handed shot, but Coronato’s versatility playing on both sides makes him an attractive option.
The New York, NY native followed up his 40-point rookie season with the Chicago Steel by tallying a USHL-leading 48 goals and 85 points in 51 games this past season. He also had the best plus-minus in the league.
Coronato helped Chicago advance to the Clark Cup Finals, and while quickness is a noted concern among scouts, there’s no questioning his ability to score.
Watching his film, he carries the puck confidently into the attacking zone and will often dart through the slot before firing the puck past the netminder, a true goal-scorers goal. Away from the puck, Coronato likes to hang around the net, creating terrific scoring chances off rebounds.
He’s set to join LA Kings 2020 third-round pick Alex Laferriere at Harvard next season.
Matt Coronato, LW/RW
- Age: 18
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 183 lbs
- Shot: R
- Ranked #29 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
- Ranked #40 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
- Ranked #24 by FCHOCKEY
- Ranked #13 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
- Ranked #21 by SPORTSNET’S
- Ranked #36 by RECRUIT SCOUTING
- Ranked #33 by DOBBERPROSPECTS
- Ranked #19 by DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY
- Ranked #33 by SMAHT SCOUTING
- Ranked #27 by THE PUCK AUTHORITY
- Ranked #21 by TSN/McKenzie