In a text sent to The Associated Press, the Great One referred to their entry on the post-season stage as "one of the best things" that's happened to league since the arrival of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in 2005.
Gretzky played for the Oilers and is now a team partner and vice chairman. He also coached the Arizona Coyotes last decade and made an impression on Matthews, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Matthews makes his playoff debut at Washington on Thursday. McDavid had an assist in a 3-2 overtime series-opening loss to San Jose on Wednesday.
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