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Auston Matthews is first of 12 Americans chosen in NHL first round

Auston Matthews is first of 12 Americans chosen in NHL first round

The Ducks reached back to their identity as a bruising team when they chose left wing Max Jones Friday as the 24th pick in the NHL draft. But the physicality they prize has its downside: Jones was suspended 12 games last season for a blindside hit he delivered while playing for London of the Ontario Hockey League, probably leaving enough questions about his character to ensure he was available when the Ducks’ turn came up at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

“He’s got to grow up a little bit. I think if you saw him after that he was much better,” Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said by phone. “At the Memorial Cup he was very good, very under...

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