THW 2021 Mock NHL Draft: Predators Select Matthew Coronato 18th Overall


The one widespread theme amongst Stanley Cup champions is their skill to draft forwards and develop them into changing into elite gamers. The Nashville Predators have traditionally struggled with that aspect of group constructing, so heading into the THW mock draft, I made a decision to emphasise choosing gamers I believed might make a sizeable affect on the entrance finish.

I noticed some names fall off the board that I used to be closely concentrating on, like Chaz Lucius, a prolific objective scorer and somebody who might convey a wonderful contact to the goal-scoring aspect of the Predators roster. Nevertheless, even with him off the board, I nonetheless had an abundance of choices at 18th total, specifically Aatu Raty, Isak Rosen, Fyodor Svechkov, and Logan Stankoven, amongst others. Nevertheless, I selected the Chicago Metal’s Matthew Coronato.

What Coronato Can Convey to the Predators

My resolution got here all the way down to the wire between Raty and Coronato, as I’ve been a large fan of each gamers for various causes. Some may even say that I used to be incorrect to decide on Coronato whereas Raty was nonetheless accessible, however the bundle that he brings to the desk matches what the Predators want extra, in my view.

With 85 factors in 51 video games with the Metal, there’s little doubt that Coronato’s offensive sport at its peak is prime of the road. The one concern concerning them is that the Metal is an impressive group that created a purple herring of his capabilities. The upside is there, however the fear is warranted if the numbers are inflated because of his group’s excellence. Even with the chance that the numbers may be considerably deceiving, I’m fascinated with the concept they may not be. We’ll must see when he inevitably joins the hockey group at Harvard College subsequent season. Nonetheless, his uncooked expertise brings limitless potentialities if he does find yourself being developed accurately.

Matthew Coronato Chicago Metal (Courtesy Chicago Metal)

The fundamental abilities I’m primarily referring to are his skating and his offensive creation by good stickhandling and his shot. Smaht Scouting’s Paul Zuk paints a wonderful image of Coronato’s capabilities.

Whereas Coronato doesn’t notably stand out in any singular facet of his sport, he’s extremely stable at producing offense, which is arguably simply as, if no more essential. There’s all the time room to develop sure features of his sport on the subsequent stage, nevertheless it’s arduous to show that pure intuition of manufacturing factors. Coronato will little doubt impress a ton of scouts in terms of his “gained’t-quit” angle, and his instinctive expertise to attain.

Smaht Scouting “Scouting Report: Matthew Coronato,” Paul Zuk, March 15, 2021

Coronato is electrical within the offensive zone and works on his inside edges to open up lanes or drive to the center of the ice. Contemplating that the Predators very not often look in the direction of the slot or actively transfer to that space, including somebody who has that behavior would supply a wonderful change to the norm. He’s a playmaker first, and his talent set in that space is essentially the most translatable to the NHL. One other robust go well with of his is shifting into open areas of area with out the puck. Utilizing his thoughts to suppose the sport out and proactively transfer across the offensive zone can also be a trait that Predators’ forwards, for essentially the most half, are lacking.

One factor I want to see him work on that the Predators have an issue with already is low-danger photographs. Whereas he does rating so much, it’s not as a result of his shot is spectacular–though it’s nonetheless above common in my view and the opinion of our draft guru Matthew Zator–or as a result of he takes an plentiful quantity of high-danger photographs. He can be enjoying proper into the Peter Laviolette system of feeding the defensemen and spewing low-danger alternatives. Hopefully, the Harvard coaches can educate robust taking pictures habits to pair together with his off-puck prowess throughout his school seasons.

Coronato’s Upside Is Excellent for the Predators

If every thing pans out for Coronato throughout his improvement, an insertion into the Predators lineup can be imminent. At his greatest, Coronato is a hard-working ahead that creates nicely with out the puck, and due to that, he’s a constant menace to attain. There’s a constant 60- to 70-point scorer that gained’t harm you on the defensive aspect of the ice at his greatest. In fact, this depends on the Predators discovering a brand new coach that may put in a brand new system to maximise offensive manufacturing, however his hard-working nature will serve him properly even when they don’t do it.

Matthew Coronato, Chicago Steel
Matthew Coronato Chicago Metal (Courtesy Chicago Metal)

Coronato’s upside is a hard-working second-line, possibly first-line ahead that may put up a good quantity of factors on any given night time. He went scoreless in solely eight video games, which is ridiculous when you think about that he performed 51 video games in whole on the season. He might show efficient in a Predators top-six if every thing pans out, and he has the work ethic needed for a Stanley Cup-winning group. Any group, particularly the Predators, needs to be excited in the event that they find yourself drafting this man. If he’s nonetheless on the board at 18, I might like to see the group decide him up.


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