Jonathan Matsumoto, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 184

Born: 1986-10-13

Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.

Drafted: 2006 3rd round  79th overall – Philadelphia Flyers







July 2013 - Matsumoto has come to terms with the Panthers on a one-year two-way contract worth $700,000. Unfortunately he has spent his career as somewhat of an AHL journyeman, having played with the Phantoms, Checkers, Sharks, Wolves and Rampage since turning pro in 2006. With all the young talent in Florida's organization it appears Matsumoto is destined for the AHL and will therefore provide no fantasy value at the NHL level whatsoever. Nathan Kanter


February 2012 – Matsumoto isn’t the biggest guy in the game, but brings great enthusiasm, grit, and physical style every night. He completed three solid years in the NCAA ranks with Bowling Green before signing with the Flyers in 2007. He has had some decent production times in the AHL and recently was traded away from the ‘Canes to the Panthers organization just this past January.


Fantasy Outlook: D-

Matsumoto is a skilled playmaker that has seen very limited time in the NHL and door is getting closer to being shut completely.



Jon Matsumoto instigates fight during game with Charlotte Checkers on 11/19/2008:



Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):


2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:

Look at a Philadelphia Flyers box score any night of the week and you're bound to see one or two names you don't recognize. Due to their proximity to the cap ceiling, the Flyers don't have the luxury of relying on veteran depth players. Instead, when injuries or suspensions strike, it's ultimately a young player from the Phantoms who gets the call based on the role required. However, 22-year-old Jonathan Matsumoto has somehow escaped the call-up carousel despite excellent numbers in the AHL. A graduate of Bowling Green University, the 6'0 center has seen his AHL production increase steadily since turning pro at the end of the 2006-07 season. From 4 to 44 to a team second- best 63 points, Matsumoto has seemingly passed every test, but has seen Jared Ross, Claude Giroux, Andreas Nodl and even Boyd Kane earn cups of coffee before him. With some cap space clearing up this summer and a spot as fourth line center up for grabs, Matsumoto will have his best crack at an NHL job.

Upside: #3 playmaking center, (15-40-55, 70 PIM)

Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 65%; 40%

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Jonathan Matsumoto statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects

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