The thing about collecting prospect autos is you just never know. When I made a trade for this card back in the spring, I knew one thing: This kid and I were born in the same town.
I have long moved away, but I knew he was good because he was ranked as the number 2 NA goalie behind Subban. The Devils need goaltending prospects, he is a good goalie so there was a chance we might get him. So as far as the set up goes, making a trade for this card seemed to make a lot of sense.
Fast forward to the fall, the Devils didn't draft him, but he was picked up by the Penguins in the 3rd round. Given the Pens situation, it looks like it might be a few years before he gets a serious look at the NHL, but considering Matt is 6 foot 4 and 169 lbs, it might be a good thing that he is going to be brought along slowly. There is an upcoming WJHC and Matt is considered to be one of the possible goaltenders. So when I made the trade there were some good perks about getting the card, since the trade some perks remain while others have changed.
Time will tell if he can become a good goalie like Chris Osgood, a great goalie like Ed Belfour or a nobody like Brian Finley. I think that is what I like most about Future Star cards is having a piece of them from the beginning of their journey and then taking an interest in their careers as they progress. I am a fan of Matt Murray, not because I have his card now, but because it is always good to see another Thunder Bay kid succeed.
11/12 ITG Between the Pipes Matt Murray Auto
Currently Matt Murray is playing in the OHL for S.S Marie. The Greyhounds are sitting in first after 10 games and Matt is tied for third in the league in wins with 6. His numbers might not be as good as some of the others, but he is winning and often that is all you ask of your goalie.