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It hasn’t taken Matthew Freytag long to adjust to the high school level as he’s already proving he’s one of the elite players in the state. The sophomore forward leads the Trojans in scoring with 6 goals and 3 assists in 6 games, propelling Wayzata to a 5-1 record to start the season.
Freytag has an assortment of skills that make him a dangerous player, but his ability to finish is his greatest asset. Freytag can drive to the net, taking abuse in the process, or pick corners with a hard and accurate shot. He gives his shot many different looks while shooting the puck and uses opposing defenders as a screen. When controlling the puck he shows great patience, waiting for an opportunity to present itself, looking very comfortable while under pressure.
In transition Freytag does an excellent job opening up his body to receive passes from the defense. He can turn up ice and start the rush thanks to an effective first couple of strides. With a young team and an impressive bantam program, Freytag is a key component to what could be a serious contender for the State Championship in a couple years for Wayzata.
Having success on the ice is no stranger to Freytag. He was considered one of the top bantams last season and participated in the Select 15’s National Camp in Rochester, New York in July. Look for Freytag to get a lot of attention from Division One schools and could even be listed by a WHL franchise. With a 2/97 DOB, Freytag is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.