ITO's Chris MacDonald was able to track down Guelph Storm Defenceman and Toronto Maple Leafs Draft pick (2012, 35th Overall) Matt Finn and Matt was kind enough to take some time out of his summer for a phone interview. Just cick the link to listen to the exclusive interview with ITO. Below are some excerpts of ITO's Thayne Hallyburton's Prospect Profile on Matt Finn from earlier in the season. To read the full Prospect Profile you can check it out here.

In 2010/2011 Matt had 21 points in 60 games; very respectable for a rookie 16 year-old defenseman in the tough Ontario Hockey League. This year, through 39 games, he has 30 points and is logging 22+ minutes a night against the other team’s top lines. Now you are probably thinking, “all of this is great but why is he a top pick?” and it really is simple when you watch him play. He plays as mistake-free of a game as I have ever seen in a 17 year-old. He has a very high panic-tolerance and it allows him to stay calm and make the right play when he is being pressured. The game is slow for him. He sees the ice very well and has an extremely high hockey IQ. He will jump into plays and has some finish…

Last season he seemed to struggle with the pace of the game at times, many suggesting he wasn’t in good enough shape to play big minutes at this level. There are certainly no issues with that this year… This largest transformation in his game from last season to this season is easily his defensive zone coverage. He has figured out some of the tricks of the trade, in how he can control guys without taking a penalty and fast routes to cut players off, but he really seems to have a knack for keeping guys to the outside and this is a skill set that transfers over easily as he moves up the ranks and into the pro game…

NHL Player Comparison: Nik Lidstrom (This is a comparison of playing style. Not saying Matt Finn will be a hall of famer) To read Thayne Hallyburton’s full Prospect Profile on Matt Finn you can find it here.