The Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off the NHL draft Friday by making Auston Matthews just the seventh American to be chosen with No. 1 overall pick.
Matthews, 18, was born in California and raised in Arizona as a Phoenix Coyotes fan. A 6-foot-2, 216-pound center, he played last season with the ZSC Lions in the Swiss National League, posting 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games.
He also played for the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and World Championship, and has been named to Team North America for this fall's World Cup of Hockey.
Matthews was the first American to go No. 1 overall since the Chicago Blackhawks selected Patrick Kane in 2007.
After Friday night's first round, the draft will continue with rounds 2-7 on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
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