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NHL draft live updates: Auston Matthews chosen No. 1

NHL draft live updates: Auston Matthews chosen No. 1

Auston Matthews, who was born and raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., and refined his game by playing against much older competitors in Switzerland last season, on Friday was chosen first overall in the NHL entry draft. He now becomes the hope of the long-downtrodden Toronto Maple Leafs, who next year will mark 50 years since they last won the Stanley Cup.

Considered a rare combination of size, skill, scoring ability and hockey sense, Matthews was a consensus No. 1 pick. He was called to the stage at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo by Mark Hunter, the Maple Leafs’ director of player personnel. The crowd — heavily dotted with fans wearing Maple Leaf jerseys — broke out...

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