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Keeping An Eye On Auston Matthews

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“Absolutely, we’ve been very conscious of the people we keep around him,” Babcock said. “He’ll be surrounded by lots of people in his lifetime. He has to make good decisions. There are lots of people who will want to get to know him. But you have to decide who you are going to let into your immediate circle.

“Those people end up having an influence on you, who end up tightening you when you step out of line. It’s real important he makes good choices. But he’s a smart guy.”...

While Babcock won’t go into detail about who the Matthews mafia might be, 27-year-old winger Matt Martin is on one side of him in the practice rink dressing room, as well as on the road.

“I don’t know if that’s by design, but I obviously spend a lot of time with him,” Martin said. “He’s a good kid and I enjoy talking to him — other than when the media comes in.”

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