PENS PROSPECT PROFILE: MATIA MARCANTUONI
Selected in the 4th round (92nd Overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
With the first pick in the fourth round, the Penguins selected right-handed forward Matia Marcantuoni in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Ranked 42nd among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting’s midterm report, Marcantuoni suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 7 that cost him the remainder of his season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The 18-year old was originally projected as a second or –third-round selections before the Penguins were able to snatch him early in Round Four. A native of Woodbrigde, Ontario, Marcantuoni is known for his relentless motor and swiftness on the ice
“I like to use my speed and always attack the net,” he said. “I have a good shot and try to use my speed to my advantage.”
During his rookie season in 2010-11, Marcantuoni recorded 11 goals and 16 assists in 42 games as the Rangers finished second in the Midwest Division with a record of 38-21-4-5. He also made an impression at the international level, captaining Team Ontario to a 5-3 win over Team USA and earning a gold medal in the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He was a member as well of the Canadian Under-18 team that won the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as well.
Last season Marcantuoni, quickly posted 14 points (9g-5a) through 24 games before his shoulder injury put his sophomore season on hold. After a successful surgery, Marcantunoi has been training extensively his off-season, having already put on “13 pounds of muscle” and is on track for a full recover.
Contributors: Mike O'Brien & Tyler Roster