Why Golden Knights fans should be excited about Mathieu Cataford

Mathieu Cataford is a young, talented prospect for the Vegas Golden Knights. Here's why fans should be excited about him.
Halifax Mooseheads v Moncton Wildcats
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Remember when Mathieu Cataford was highlighted in a prospect watch? There were specific aspects of his game that made the young winger great. That included his transition game, work ethic, and hockey IQ, helping him stand out within the Vegas Golden Knights farm system. Overall, he looked decent with some room for improvement, specifically with his pace of play and undeveloped shot.

Players like Cataford who move well up and down the ice tend to find some playing time on NHL teams. That's especially true with the Golden Knights, who value stars that move around all 200 by 85 feet of the rink. It should be expected that the 19-year-old should have no problem fitting in within the system.

However, the young forward earned a notable accolade in the developmental leagues. He was voted the MVP of the QMJHL thanks to a stellar season with the Halifax Mooseheads. This season, he scored 40 goals and 50 assists in 65 games. Cataford capped off another successful year with the Mooseheads, scoring 211 career points in 195 games with the organization.

What this does for Mathieu Cataford

With Mathieu Cataford's recent achievements, he's raising more eyebrows within the Vegas Golden Knights organization. It helps him grow his on-ice confidence and better his game, making him more valuable for Vegas's future plans. With the team not having much on the prospect front, the 19-year-old's achievements are promising.

Take his four games with the Henderson Silver Knights as a good example. He scored four assists during his tenure, which is good for being assigned to the team on April 9. Throw in the fact he was in the top three for the CHL Player of the Year Award and the Golden Knights can rely on the Halifax Mooseheads star soon. Not bad for being the 77th overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Some players in the prospect pool won't see the light of day. They're teetering on the brink of falling out of the NHL picture completely, staring down the barrel of taking a desk job. However, that won't be the case for Mathieu Cataford, who's proving he can play with hockey's best. That should excite Vegas Golden Knights fans looking for the next exciting player.

For an organization that hasn't been gun-shy about reloading their roster with the best players, Cataford's showing he has staying power. Thanks to his offensive and playmaking abilities, there's plenty of reason why he's an integral part of Vegas's future. The Halifax Mooseheads know this and the rest of Las Vegas will also learn soon.