If you look at the stats from the beginning of last season, which is a large sample, Matthews isn't even close to the top 5, let alone #2. McDavid 108GP 143PTS Kucherov 109GP 142PTS MacKinnon 102GP 140PTS Matthews 76GP 86PTS If you're thinking "yah he's missed a lot of games but his P/GP puts him in the top 5" it doesn't. He's 10th with 1.13P/GP. MacKinnon is the highest with 1.37 and there are 5 players over 1.2P/GP. In fact, Matthews is closer to 15th in P/GP than he is to the top 6. He has also played the least amount of games, meaning everyone above him (except Marchand) has kept their pace up for 25-30 games longer than Matthews. Also, in the 5 games before his injury, he had 0g2a. He has 9PTS in his last 8GP. 5G4A He's put up 7 points in the 3 games since returning, and leaf fans are acting like he's doing something special. In reality, the 2.33P/GP he's had since returning, has been done multiple times by multiple players this year, and players like Kucherov have kept up a 2.5P/GP for 10 games. Rantanen has 22pts over 12 games. Laine had 11G over 4 games. There's nothing that points towards Matthews being a top 3 player in the league.