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Matthew
Savoie
Player Profile
Position
Center
Team
Dubuque Fighting Saints
League
ushl
Height
5'10"
Weight
181 lbs
Place of Birth
St. Albert, AB  

A lot of people were in the arena to see Savoie this night and he put on a show that did not disappoint. He was easily the best player on either team and generated some quality scoring chances. He is an incredibly confident forward who loves having the puck and being an offensive focal point. There is a real flow to how he moves around the ice and how in tune he is with the pace of play. He can play the game fast or slow, depending on the situation. His anticipation, drive and acceleration are all great, which helps him create times where he’ll blow past or through opponents to generate scoring chances. He handles the puck very well in full flight, controlling it well enough to fend off opponents, pull off dekes and make sure he gets a shot off. He’s skilled enough to beat defenders one-on-one while also having the vision and passing ability to defer pucks, making him tricky to predict. Steals pucks and forces turnovers because he’s usually in position and thinking the play quicker than others are. His decisions on the power play are also quite quick, as he looks to move the puck around and create chances before penalty killers can get set. He knows that his team relies on him to drive play and seems to take the responsibility seriously. His defensive game is underrated. He kills penalties with an ideal amount of seriousness and understands what he needs to do in those situations, applying pressure and cutting off lanes. The only real knock on him is his size, which is well below average for a high-end prospect. He certainly doesn’t shy away from battles or playing between the dots, which is great, but he isn’t hard to overpower when defenders get close enough to him, knocking him over or boxing him out of the play. What’s worse, his skating stride is short, so if he’s not careful as he adds muscle through development he runs the risk of hampering his quickness, which he needs to create separation. Savoie is easily one of the best prospects in this draft class and absolutely deserves to go in the top-10, though exactly how high he will go will depend on how much teams believe he can manage his size deficiency and subsequent physical development.

Derek Neumeier
Scout Profile

Game Results

October 27, 2021
Winnipeg
3
Calgary
2

Player Report

Skating 7
Shooting 7
Puckhandling 8
Playmaking 8
Offensive Awareness 8
Defensive Awareness 7
Compete 8

Matthew Savoie's Reports

Oct 30/21 Matthew Savoie 22711 – Winnipeg vs. Calgary WHL by Derek Neumeier View Summary
Oct 26/21 Matthew Savoie 22683 – Regina vs. Winnipeg WHL by Kurt Pohs View Summary
Jun 14/21 Matthew Savoie 22258 – Green Bay vs. Dubuque USHL by Mat Sheridan View Summary
Jun 14/21 Matthew Savoie 22254 – Green Bay vs. Dubuque USHL by Austin Broad View Summary
Feb 8/21 Matthew Savoie 21695 – Sherwood Park vs. Spruce Grove AJHL by Donesh Mazloum View Summary