out to prove those people wrong. With the injury of Alex Tanguay, Mathieu has stepped
up to pick up the scoring void left by him. Mathieu is in the middle of a nine game
scoring streak and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He now shares the team scoring lead
with Tanguay at 19 points. Mathieu is more of a finesse-style player, quick and agile. He
has good breakaway speed and though he is a natural center can play both wings as well. If
he had not had a drop off in scoring after mid-season (he scored 28 of his 34 points last year
in the first half), he might have gone higher in the draft. But at 97th, the Penguins took what
could turn out to be a steal. At his current scoring pace he will surpass last years point total
in another 12 games. I’d look for Mathieu next year at the Penguins training camp as he could
develop into the scoring center the Penguins will need when Ron Francis leaves.
Alexandre Mathieu, Halifax Mooseheads
C, 6'2", 180 lbs.
4th round, 97th overall, 1997 Entry Draft.
97-98 Stats: 14 Games, 8 Goals, 11 Assists, 19 Points, 6 PIM, -1.
96-97 Stats: 70 Games, 12 Goals, 22 Assists, 34 Points, 16 PIM.