Matt McMath is in his second season with the Rockets.

Matt McMath is in his second season with the Rockets.

Rockets Profile: Matt McMath a stabalizing force on defense

Rockets’ defencemen Matt McMath, in his second year with the club, continues to be a vital part of the club’s defence core

Rockets’ defencemen Matt McMath, in his second year with the club, continues to be a vital part of the club’s defence core. With a goal and four helpers so far this season, McMath has already surpassed his offensive output from a year ago, but it’s his work at the other end of the ice that has made him such a key player on the Rockets’ blue line.

“I’m more of a defensive defencemen, I just hang back and do my job defensively. When I can, I’ll make an offensive play, but mostly just get the pucks up and make a pass to get the rush going,” McMath said when asked to describe his style of play.

As a veteran on a young team, McMath has logged a lot of power play time so far this season and he said that this has helped him develop his offensive game.

Still, he would like to see some more improvement, and the soon to be 19 year old from Williams Lake is hoping to better his shot and offensive instincts over the course of the season.

For head coach Ty Davidson, McMath’s consistency and effort is what makes him a valuable asset to the club.

“I really like Matt. What you see is what you get with Matt,” he said.

“He rarely has a bad game. He’s very solid, doesn’t make too many mistakes and just gives you a real honest effort every night.”

McMath has had the benefit of playing alongside defensive partner Michael Anderson the past two seasons, and he said that the pair’s chemistry is what makes them such a solid pairing.

“We know each other like the back of our hands. Any play, we just know exactly who is going to the corner, who is going to get the puck, where each other are. It’s like Daniel and Henrik,” he said with a laugh, referring to the Vancouver Canucks’ superstars Daniel and Henrik Sedin.