Matson named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month

Orlando Solar Bears forward Taylor Matson is the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February.


The 25-year-old scored eight goals, added 11 assists and was a +8 in 12 games during February.


A native of Mound, Minn., Matson had at least one point in 9 of 12 games during the month, including a four-point game (1g-3a) in a 4-3 win at Kalamazoo on Feb. 23, and back-to-back three-point games on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 against Gwinnett. He was named ECHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 23 after posting seven points (3g-4a) and a +6 rating in three games.


Matson has 31 points (13g-18a) and is fifth among ECHL rookies in plus-minus with a +15 in 24 games. He has also appeared in 31 American Hockey League games with Iowa, posting five points (3g-2a).


Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Matson recorded 42 points (21g-21a) in 108 career games at the University of Minnesota.


Runners Up: Greg Miller, Bakersfield (12 gp, 5g, 11a, 16 pts.) and Yannick Veilleux, Kalamazoo (11 gp, 8g, 7a, 15 pts.).


Also Nominated: Ben Meisner (Fort Wayne), Michael St. Croix (Greenville), William Rapuzzi (Idaho), Maxim Kitsyn (Ontario), Domenic Monardo (Reading), Wayne Simpson (South Carolina), Maxim Shalunov (Toledo), Brent Gwidt (Utah) and Cody Sylvester (Wheeling).




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