Age on Draft Day: 18
Weight: 201 lbs
2018-2019 Stats: 7 Goals, 26 Assists, 33 Points
NHL Central Scouting: 26th (North American Skaters)
Future Considerations: 19th
ISS Hockey: 29th
Here a quick look at his scouting report courtesy of our very own Adam Herman.
The Rangers take defenseman Matthew Robertson. Not a sexy pick, but a robust one. Good shutdown defenseman (actually) who moves the puck out of his zone quite well. Not much offense but enough to push him through pro hockey.— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) June 22, 2019
And more from The Draft Analysis
Strong and mobile two-way blue liner with a team-first attitude who handles both big minutes and big situations with maturity and confidence. Robertson is a throwback to the Western Canadian defensemen of old who were able to intimidate with physicality or their play with the puck. He’s clearly the top defender for the Oil Kings by the way he’s used at even strength and special teams, and how often Robertson is being summoned to address his coach’s concerns. His size, long reach and timing makes him close to impossible to beat one on one, and few teenage defensemen can force opponents into so many unsuccessful zone entries simply by standing up at the blue line.
By all accounts, Robertson appears to be a safe, yet decent pick for the Rangers. He’s an enormous defenseman that can shutdown his opponents, while also having enough offensive instincts to move the puck out of his own zone without much trouble.