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Position: Defense
Junior Experience: 2 Seasons
Date of Birth: 01/01/1984
Height: 6'02"
Weight: 195lbs
NHL Status: Eligable in 2004
How Acquired: Acquired as Free Agent in 2001

Matt Manias was called up briefly during the 2001-2002 season to help the Rangers while they played a three-game Eastern road swing.  After the quick look-see Manias elected to stay in Cobourg where he was attending classes and playing Tier II junior A hockey with the Cougars.  His first OHL point came in Peterborough during a 7-4 road loss.  Matt Manias as evidenced by his 28 points with Cobourg in only 46 games has a true offensive upside.  During the Rangers Labour Day fan appreciation game one of his bullet shots bested Oshawa netminder: Kevin Druce.   The point blast the first Rangers' goal of the pre-season or regular season appeared to be a sign of big things to come from the 18 year old rookie defender.  Much like his colleagues: Matt McCann and Nick Duff he found his ice time severely restricted once George Halkidis, then Steve Eminger arrived on the scene.  Those two defenders combined excellence in their own end along with some highly sought after offensive help, to a degree that simply couldn't be expected of Manias at that point in his career.  Suddenly Matt is in his final year of junior eligibility looking towards 2003-2004 and much will be expected from him, and unfortunately having never been exposed to a severe amount of pressure in terms of handling key situations in the OHL Matt might be at a disadvantage compared to some of his peers.

Matt Manias is not known for his fists however he did manage to achieve a two-game suspension only two games into the '02-'03 for being involved in a second fight after the whistle.   Matt has a great combination of size, skating and offensive ability which could be worked into a big breakout season making him a very marketable commodity for either a minor pro contract at year's end or potentially an overage spot on an OHL team's roster.  Adding some size and strength in the off-season might make a world of difference for Matt.

In order to be effective in '03-'04 Matt must concentrate on his game in his own end and his point totals will take care of themselves.  If he finds himself in the ideal scenario it is very possible that Manias could crack the 30-point mark in his final junior season.

Statistics
 
Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2001-2002 Kitchener Rangers
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
2001-2002 Cobourg Cougars 
46
3
25
28
62
0
0
0
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
58
1
6
7
43
10
0
0
Career Totals
60
1
7
8
43
10
0
0