Matia Marcantuoni - Kitchener Rangers
6'0" - 190 LBS
D.O.B. February 22, 1994
Matia Marcantuoni in four words? Speed, and more speed.
The first rounder (18th overall) was Captain of Team Ontario at the World U17 hockey challenge and potted 2 goals and added 4 assists in 6 games in helping his squad capture the gold medal.
During 2010-11, his rookie season with the Rangers, he played in 42 games scoring 11 goals and adding 16 assists. Pretty good numbers considering he was playing behind the likes of Gabriel Landeskog, Jason Akeson, Jerry D'Amigo and more. And with most of those guys moving up the ladder, it will become Marcantuoni's time to shine in 2011-12.
Make no mistake, he is capable of racking up numbers. In 2009-10 playing for Toronto Marlies Midget AAA he posted 39 goals and 33 assists in 79 games. All this has earned Marcantuoni an invite to Team Canada's Under 18 Selection Camp in Calgary this summer for the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Marcantuoni's tremendous skating and speed enables him to get in on the forecheck where he is not afraid to mix it up along the boards and more often than not, beats bigger opponents in battles. He possesses keen vision and is able to get pucks through seams to teammates. He's also not afraid to take it straight to the net if he has no other options.
Today's NHL requires it's forwards to play defence as well. And Marcantuoni is ahead of most players in the 2012 draft class. His speed enables him to get back on the backcheck, a key in today's game. And he accomplishes it whether he is playing center or on the wing.
Marcantuoni also made the NHL's Central Scouting list of 2012 players to watch list.
We spoke with Kitchener Rangers broadcast analyst for 570 News Mike Farewell for his thoughts on Marcantuoni's game:
@farwell_ohl or Matia @mm_91