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Matthew Buckley

RW

5’9

162lbs

Navan Grads

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Written by: Matt Eichhorn

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A high-end goal scorer Matthew Buckley is as exciting as they come on the ice, able to create highlight goals in a mere matter of seconds. A pure sniper, Buckley can get the puck past anyone. With a cannon of a shot, Buckley exposes goaltenders on a nightly basis. Buckley is able to move with the puck well and create scoring opportunities for himself, as well as moves well off the puck and can convert with authority off of one-timers and tape-to-tape scoring chances. Buckley is a great athlete with tremendous stamina, able to keep moving at a fast pace throughout the entirety of a game. Buckley is a 200-foot player, able to get the job done across all areas of the game. Buckley is a lethal goal scorer but also excels on the defensive end. Buckley is a phenomenal two-way player, able to fight along the boards as well as has demonstrated himself to be an opportunistic player, able to force turnovers at a high rate. Buckley has a great stick on defense, able to take the puck away from the opposition cleanly and quickly transitions the takeaway into a scoring chance for his team. With exceptionally well developed skills on offence, coupled with his great defensive ability, Buckley is the cream of the crop when it comes to two-way forwards in the 2021 OHL Draft. If Buckley can continue his phenomenal playstyle into the junior level, Matthew Buckley may become a name we hear often in the next few years.

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