Major Development Hints at Matthews' Secret Surgery

Published April 4, 2024 at 0:04

Auston Matthews, despite delivering a commendable performances in the 2022-23 season, experienced a slight dip in his point production. He scored twenty fewer goals than the prior year, with a shooting percentage that was roughly three points below his career norm. The reason for this might now be clearer.

Possible Surgery for Matthews?

Elliotte Friedman, a renowned NHL insider, unveiled today that Matthews might have undergone a discreet wrist surgery in the summer of 2022, which potentially affected his scoring prowess the past season.

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Also, Matthews previously had an extensive wrist operation in August 2021. Yet, it did not seem to hinder his scoring touch in the 2021-22 campaign as he clinched the Rocket Richard with a remarkable 60 goals.

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With that said, the relatively minor surgery could potentially have had a more significant influence on Matthews' renowned wrist shot—deemed one of the best in the NHL. Currently, he is showcasing a shooting efficiency that is over twice as good as the previous year, clocking in at an impressive 28%. Although this might eventually normalize, it unequivocally shows that Matthews is in prime health and exhibiting peak goal-scoring prowess.

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