Waterdown's Matt Timms pleased with progress after sophomore OHL season with Peterborough Petes

Community Apr 15, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

With the memory of a first-round Game Seven loss to the North Bay Battalion fresh in his mind, Waterdown’s Matt Timms said he was pleased with his growth during his sophomore season in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 17-year-old rearguard said while his season had some ups and downs, he was pleased with how he started the year.

“I made some pretty big gains throughout the summer and went into camp with a jump in my step,” he said. “Definitely a improvement from my rookie year – I tripled my point totals, I got more ice, I was in the lineup for every game, every exhibition game, every regular season and every playoff game.

“That’s obviously a positive to get some experience.”

Timms recorded three goals and 21 points in 68 regular season games with the Petes, up from one goal and seven points in 49 games during his rookie campaign.

Timms played in all seven playoff games, notching two assists and a plus-1 rating.

He noted he’s still a second-year defenceman, relatively young within the league.

“I still have three years remaining of eligibility,” he said. “It’s just kind of exciting that I’ve been able to get some experience, some good playoff games, some good competition.”

Timms noted he hopes to take the experience he gained this year and be a leader on next year’s Petes squad.

He noted he learned a lot from some of the team’s older players who are moving on.

“They were really good guys and we were a really tight-knit group, so it’s just one of those things where you want to move ahead and ensure the Petes continue to be a tight-knit group,” he said. “I’ll take some tips from some of those older guys, the leaders, and bring that into next year.”

The former second-round draft pick said he was lucky to get through the season with no injuries.

“You don’t get through a season very often like that,” he said.

Timms noted the series against the Battalion, which ended April 5 with a 4-1 loss, was close, and the season series was close, despite the Petes’ sixth seed, and North Bay’s third-place finish.

“It could have went either way,” he said. “I honestly think we should have won.”

Timms, who is back at Waterdown District High School to finish his diploma, said he plans to train hard again this summer and bring those gains into training camp.

“I thought my rookie year I was always kind of catching up to the play,” he said. “I think I made big strides with my speed this year and I want to come back again next year and be really explosive.”

“I want to stand out as a fast player in the league,” he continued. “I think I have the potential to be a player in the league who can impact the game night in and night out.

“That’s definitely what I’m striving towards.”

He noted fellow defenceman Dominik Masin, a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a role model in that regard.

“You just see what he does in the gym, on and off the ice,” he said. “You see what it takes.

“So it just gives you a pretty good gauge of where you’re at and it shows you where you want to be in the following years.”

He added seeing teammates get pro contracts gives him incentive to work harder.

Petes assistant coach Andrew Verner noted Timms worked his way up the depth chart this season to the spot right behind Masin.

“He’ll be moving up the depth chart quite a bit this year,” he said. “He ended up playing on our second powerplay unit quite a bit this year.”

Verner added the dedication Timms showed in the offseason was evident.

“We gave him some instruction after his rookie season of things we wanted him to work on and he did it all,” Verner said. “He came back in really, really good shape, was quite a bit faster, quite a bit stronger and he played a lot more because of it.”

Verner said the team gave him another checklist to work on this summer.

“He’s going to be an offensive defenceman for us,” he said. “The speed will still need to improve, and he’s aware of that. He wants to be able to elude some of the higher end players in this league in a one-on-one situation, he’ll just need that little extra step.

“So he’s set forth to do that in his training this summer.”

Timms noted the team is losing several players who are graduating from the league, which opens up opportunities for him.

“With that will come a bigger role for me,” he said. “So I definitely want to be a guy who can step in and take those minutes.”

Verner said next season the team expects big things from Timms.

“He can control the game,” he said. “At times this year he was maybe trying to force the game.

“So we think with the instruction we gave him for this summer, and having played a full year of big time minutes this year, we think it will be a natural progression for him next year.”

Waterdown's Matt Timms pleased with progress after sophomore OHL season with Peterborough Petes

Community Apr 15, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

With the memory of a first-round Game Seven loss to the North Bay Battalion fresh in his mind, Waterdown’s Matt Timms said he was pleased with his growth during his sophomore season in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 17-year-old rearguard said while his season had some ups and downs, he was pleased with how he started the year.

“I made some pretty big gains throughout the summer and went into camp with a jump in my step,” he said. “Definitely a improvement from my rookie year – I tripled my point totals, I got more ice, I was in the lineup for every game, every exhibition game, every regular season and every playoff game.

“That’s obviously a positive to get some experience.”

Timms recorded three goals and 21 points in 68 regular season games with the Petes, up from one goal and seven points in 49 games during his rookie campaign.

Timms played in all seven playoff games, notching two assists and a plus-1 rating.

He noted he’s still a second-year defenceman, relatively young within the league.

“I still have three years remaining of eligibility,” he said. “It’s just kind of exciting that I’ve been able to get some experience, some good playoff games, some good competition.”

Timms noted he hopes to take the experience he gained this year and be a leader on next year’s Petes squad.

He noted he learned a lot from some of the team’s older players who are moving on.

“They were really good guys and we were a really tight-knit group, so it’s just one of those things where you want to move ahead and ensure the Petes continue to be a tight-knit group,” he said. “I’ll take some tips from some of those older guys, the leaders, and bring that into next year.”

The former second-round draft pick said he was lucky to get through the season with no injuries.

“You don’t get through a season very often like that,” he said.

Timms noted the series against the Battalion, which ended April 5 with a 4-1 loss, was close, and the season series was close, despite the Petes’ sixth seed, and North Bay’s third-place finish.

“It could have went either way,” he said. “I honestly think we should have won.”

Timms, who is back at Waterdown District High School to finish his diploma, said he plans to train hard again this summer and bring those gains into training camp.

“I thought my rookie year I was always kind of catching up to the play,” he said. “I think I made big strides with my speed this year and I want to come back again next year and be really explosive.”

“I want to stand out as a fast player in the league,” he continued. “I think I have the potential to be a player in the league who can impact the game night in and night out.

“That’s definitely what I’m striving towards.”

He noted fellow defenceman Dominik Masin, a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a role model in that regard.

“You just see what he does in the gym, on and off the ice,” he said. “You see what it takes.

“So it just gives you a pretty good gauge of where you’re at and it shows you where you want to be in the following years.”

He added seeing teammates get pro contracts gives him incentive to work harder.

Petes assistant coach Andrew Verner noted Timms worked his way up the depth chart this season to the spot right behind Masin.

“He’ll be moving up the depth chart quite a bit this year,” he said. “He ended up playing on our second powerplay unit quite a bit this year.”

Verner added the dedication Timms showed in the offseason was evident.

“We gave him some instruction after his rookie season of things we wanted him to work on and he did it all,” Verner said. “He came back in really, really good shape, was quite a bit faster, quite a bit stronger and he played a lot more because of it.”

Verner said the team gave him another checklist to work on this summer.

“He’s going to be an offensive defenceman for us,” he said. “The speed will still need to improve, and he’s aware of that. He wants to be able to elude some of the higher end players in this league in a one-on-one situation, he’ll just need that little extra step.

“So he’s set forth to do that in his training this summer.”

Timms noted the team is losing several players who are graduating from the league, which opens up opportunities for him.

“With that will come a bigger role for me,” he said. “So I definitely want to be a guy who can step in and take those minutes.”

Verner said next season the team expects big things from Timms.

“He can control the game,” he said. “At times this year he was maybe trying to force the game.

“So we think with the instruction we gave him for this summer, and having played a full year of big time minutes this year, we think it will be a natural progression for him next year.”

Waterdown's Matt Timms pleased with progress after sophomore OHL season with Peterborough Petes

Community Apr 15, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

With the memory of a first-round Game Seven loss to the North Bay Battalion fresh in his mind, Waterdown’s Matt Timms said he was pleased with his growth during his sophomore season in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 17-year-old rearguard said while his season had some ups and downs, he was pleased with how he started the year.

“I made some pretty big gains throughout the summer and went into camp with a jump in my step,” he said. “Definitely a improvement from my rookie year – I tripled my point totals, I got more ice, I was in the lineup for every game, every exhibition game, every regular season and every playoff game.

“That’s obviously a positive to get some experience.”

Timms recorded three goals and 21 points in 68 regular season games with the Petes, up from one goal and seven points in 49 games during his rookie campaign.

Timms played in all seven playoff games, notching two assists and a plus-1 rating.

He noted he’s still a second-year defenceman, relatively young within the league.

“I still have three years remaining of eligibility,” he said. “It’s just kind of exciting that I’ve been able to get some experience, some good playoff games, some good competition.”

Timms noted he hopes to take the experience he gained this year and be a leader on next year’s Petes squad.

He noted he learned a lot from some of the team’s older players who are moving on.

“They were really good guys and we were a really tight-knit group, so it’s just one of those things where you want to move ahead and ensure the Petes continue to be a tight-knit group,” he said. “I’ll take some tips from some of those older guys, the leaders, and bring that into next year.”

The former second-round draft pick said he was lucky to get through the season with no injuries.

“You don’t get through a season very often like that,” he said.

Timms noted the series against the Battalion, which ended April 5 with a 4-1 loss, was close, and the season series was close, despite the Petes’ sixth seed, and North Bay’s third-place finish.

“It could have went either way,” he said. “I honestly think we should have won.”

Timms, who is back at Waterdown District High School to finish his diploma, said he plans to train hard again this summer and bring those gains into training camp.

“I thought my rookie year I was always kind of catching up to the play,” he said. “I think I made big strides with my speed this year and I want to come back again next year and be really explosive.”

“I want to stand out as a fast player in the league,” he continued. “I think I have the potential to be a player in the league who can impact the game night in and night out.

“That’s definitely what I’m striving towards.”

He noted fellow defenceman Dominik Masin, a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a role model in that regard.

“You just see what he does in the gym, on and off the ice,” he said. “You see what it takes.

“So it just gives you a pretty good gauge of where you’re at and it shows you where you want to be in the following years.”

He added seeing teammates get pro contracts gives him incentive to work harder.

Petes assistant coach Andrew Verner noted Timms worked his way up the depth chart this season to the spot right behind Masin.

“He’ll be moving up the depth chart quite a bit this year,” he said. “He ended up playing on our second powerplay unit quite a bit this year.”

Verner added the dedication Timms showed in the offseason was evident.

“We gave him some instruction after his rookie season of things we wanted him to work on and he did it all,” Verner said. “He came back in really, really good shape, was quite a bit faster, quite a bit stronger and he played a lot more because of it.”

Verner said the team gave him another checklist to work on this summer.

“He’s going to be an offensive defenceman for us,” he said. “The speed will still need to improve, and he’s aware of that. He wants to be able to elude some of the higher end players in this league in a one-on-one situation, he’ll just need that little extra step.

“So he’s set forth to do that in his training this summer.”

Timms noted the team is losing several players who are graduating from the league, which opens up opportunities for him.

“With that will come a bigger role for me,” he said. “So I definitely want to be a guy who can step in and take those minutes.”

Verner said next season the team expects big things from Timms.

“He can control the game,” he said. “At times this year he was maybe trying to force the game.

“So we think with the instruction we gave him for this summer, and having played a full year of big time minutes this year, we think it will be a natural progression for him next year.”