As the hockey world’s eyes turn to the World Junior Championship, Flame for Thought looks at the tournament’s lone bit of Calgary Flames content: Matthew Coronato
Matthew Coronato was selected 13th overall by the Calgary Flames at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He stands 5 feet 10 inches and weighs in at 183 lbs. He is a right-shot winger, described by GM Brad Treliving as having an ability to “outwill” other players.
Coronato is unsigned thus far. He’s playing for the Harvard University Crimson, where he’s managed 6 Goals and 12 Points in 10 Games Played.
According to the Elite Prospects 2021 Draft Guide:
His hands form the foundation of his offensive profile. He wants to have the puck on his stick and isn’t afraid to court contact to make sure he’s the one driving the bus for his line. He’s decisive, manipulative, and dextrous as a handler. He’s got a good shot for someone who is constantly throwing pucks on net, his release is fast and he’s versatile in how he gets pucks off.
In mid-December, Coronato was named to Team USA’s World Junior Championship team. He started his first game on the top line and registered a primary Assist in USA’s win over Slovakia on December 26th.
Keep an eye on Coronato and the future of Calgary Flames.