Matia Marcantuoni
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Matia Marcantuoni

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-02-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Pittsburgh, 2016

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Matia Marcantuoni played two games for the St. Michael’s Buzzers junior team in the CCHL and was among the leading scorers for the Toronto Marlies midget AAA team. In two games with the Buzzers he scored 2 goals with 2 penalty minutes. He scored 39 goals with 33 assists in 79 games for the Marlies. Marcantuoni was selected by Kitchener in the first round (18th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Marcantuoni skated in 42 games in his first OHL season with Kitchener and was the captain of gold medal-winning Team Ontario at the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 11 goals with 16 assists and was minus-seven with 26 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Rangers. He was scoreless and minus-four in the Rangers seven-game playoff series with Plymouth. Marcantuoni scored 2 goals with 3 assists and had 4 penalty minutes in five games at the WHC.

2011-12: Marcantuoni was limited to 25 games with Kitchener and appeared in just one game for Canada at the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in an injury-filled season. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in January that required surgery. In OHL play he scored 9 goals with 5 assists and was plus-two with 10 penalty minutes. Marcantuoni suffered a concussion in the first game of the Ivan Hlinka tournament which kept him out of the rest of the tournament. Canada defeated Sweden in the gold medal game. Marcantuoni was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 59th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft. Marcantuoni was chosen in the fourth round, 92nd overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2012-13: Marcantuoni showed durability in his third OHL season, skating in a career-high 64 regular season games and all 10 playoff contests for Kitchener after injuries derailed him in the previous two seasons. More of a two-way, agitating forward for the Rangers than a pure scorer, he scored 7 goals with 18 assists and was -3 with 34 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished third in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Marcantuoni scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in the playoffs. He joined the Penguins AHL affiliate in April on an amateur tryout contract but did not appear in any games.

2013-14: Marcantuoni attended training camp with the Penguins and signed a three-year entry-level contract in October 2013 — returning to Kitchener for his fourth OHL season. He made his pro hockey debut in April in a game with Penguins AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in his only AHL game. Marcantuoni played 54 games for Kitchener in his final junior season — missing over a month after re-aggravating his shoulder injury in November — and scored 15 goals with 17 assists; finishing -30 with 29 penalty minutes. Six of his 15 goals came on the Rangers’ power play. Kitchener finished last in the Midwest Division; missing the OHL playoffs.

2014-15: Marcantuoni skated in 59 games for Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his first pro season and played for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +4 with 20 penalty minutes during the AHL regular season. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Marcantuoni was -2 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in 11 ECHL games with the Nailers. 

2015-16: Marcantuoni was assigned to Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to start the season — struggling through injuries and appearing in 17 games with the Penguins before being acquired by the Coyotes at the end of February in exchange for three prospects. Marcantuoni played 14 games for Arizona AHL affiliate Springfield. In 31 games between the two teams he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -8 with 4 penalty minutes. The Falcons missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the Atlantic Division. 

Talent Analysis

Marcantuoni has blistering speed and a feisty personality. The foundation of his game is centered on his speed, and everything he does is to try and use that speed to his advantage. He has some talents that could translate into offensive—particularly his ability to carry and protect the puck—but is probably better suited for a two-way role. Marcantuoni's reckless style has taken its toll at times as he has missed significant time due to injury during his career.

Future

Marcantuoni spent the 2015-16 season in the AHL, playing for the Penguins and Coyotes affiliates and missing significant time due to injury. Heading into his third pro season, he will look to make a fresh start with Arizona in training camp. Marcantuoni has an impressive combination of speed and two-way awareness but his production has yet to match his technical ability. He projects as a lower line forward at the NHL level.

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