Spencer, Matthew

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Masin, Spencer Make Jump From Peterborough to Syracuse

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin and Matthew Spencer’s change of scenery came quickly.

After their junior season ended in a Game 7 loss to North Bay in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs on April 5, the Peterborough Petes defensive pairing was on the ice for Syracuse Crunch practice less than 48 hours later.

One week into their stay in Syracuse, the duo are looking to learn what they can together before they take different paths next season.

“It’s been a whirlwind so far, especially coming off a tough seven game series in the OHL playoffs,” Spencer said. “Coming right here was all pretty quick, but it’s been great. The facilities are awesome and everyone has been treating the new guys extremely well.”

Lightning Sign D Matthew Spencer to Three-Year Rookie Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Matt Spencer to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Spencer, 19, skated in 60 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League this past season, recording five goals and 24 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes. He ranked third among all Petes defensemen for assists with 19 during the regular season. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman also appeared in seven OHL playoff games, posting one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

The Guelph, Ontario native has played in 191 career OHL games, all with Peterborough over the past three seasons, posting 12 goals and 69 points to go along with 143 penalty minutes.

Spencer was selected by the Lightning in the second round, 44th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Matthew Spencer


Guelph, ONT
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#44) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Second pair defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Peterborough (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$742 500
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$692 500
$742 500
$792 500




  • CHL Top Prospects Game
  • Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal


  • OHL Cup Champion
  • Ontario Minor Hockey Association Player of the Year

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Big, strong, agile puck mover. Not getting enough love." -Red Line Report

“Good skater and mobile for his size. He plays hard in his own end, and often makes contact with the opposing forwards. Limited offensive skills, but keeps OZ pucks in well, has a decent shot from the point”. -ISS


Mobile defenseman with excellent agility for his size. Good size and strength and willing to take the body along the wall. Makes good decisions and outlet passes when the puck is on his stick. Has a good understanding of when to pinch to hold plays in the offensive zone and when not to. Big slap shot. Assertive with good leadership intanglibles.


Limited offensive upside and knows it, therefore staying in his silo offensively. Needs to work on his consistency in positioning in the defensive zone.


Second pair defenseman.


Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Oakville Rangers Bantam AAASCTAB- - -- -|        
 2012-2013 Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAASCTAMM40 9 2736 34|        
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAAMidget71 17 3956 76|        
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAAOHL Cup7 0 44 12|        
  Team OMHA White OGC-165 0 55 6|        
  Oakville BladesOJHL3 0 00 2|Playoffs1 0 00
 2013-2014 Peterborough PetesOHL64 1 1415 33|Playoffs11 0 44 19 
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 0 11 6|        
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev3 0 00 0|        
  Peterborough PetesOHL67 6 2430 64|Playoffs5 1 01
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Memorial5 0 22 2|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 22 4|        
 2015-2016 Peterborough PetesOHL60 5 1924 46|Playoffs7 0 11 13 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL1 0 00 0|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Peterborough PetesOHL60 7 2229 60|Playoffs12 1 67
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL1 0 00 0|        

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