Player Profile: Matt Mancina
OHL Draft Ranking: 54th Overall
Selected: 3rd Round, 49th Overall
2012 Club Team: Sun County Panthers (ALLIANCE)
Mancina is among a small group of elite goaltenders in this age group. His best assets are both his positional play, as well as his ability to focus and block out external distractions. He is always square to shooters, playing an extremely strong positional game. He limits his movements and is very economical in what he does. He anticipates well, and shows a strong ability to react to the play and read the ice. He is extremely well focused, and does not allow bad goals, time, or a crowd effect his ability to stop a puck. He struggled at times with his consistency levels. He would have small periods of the season that he really looked to be fighting the puck, which is something that needs to be developed. He is also extremely robotic in the net, and you wonder how well he will be able to adapt his game if his technique fails him. He was rated as one of the best goaltenders available in the draft. He is headed to Jr B this year and will probably act as Guelph’s third goaltender, and be moved up to the main roster starting in 2013, assuming he plays as expected next year.