Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is leaning toward continuing his hockey career in Switzerland, agent Pat Brisson told on Friday.

Brisson said playing for ZSC in Switzerland's top professional league or for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League are the two destinations. Brisson said Matthews has ruled out going the NCAA route.

"It's been discussed and we have been exploring Europe and have narrowed it down to Switzerland and the WHL," Brisson said. "It's looking at the moment that the scale is leaning towards Europe." ZSC is coached by former NHL coach Marc Crawford.

Matthews is coming off a record-setting season with the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team. His 55 goals and 117 points broke records set by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane (52 goals, 102 points) in 2005-06. Matthews also was named most valuable player and best forward while helping the United States win the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship last month.

"First and foremost, the priority is his development," Brisson said. "As it stands we were hoping to have a decision two weeks ago, but we are still not there 100 percent. And until we are at 100 percent we are not going to finalize it.

"In other words, the sooner the better for Auston because he wants to have his head clear and continue his summer training and get going."

Brisson said the college hockey route was eliminated since Matthews likely will play one more junior season before the 2016 draft.