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Position: Defense
Junior Experience: 1 Season
Date of Birth: 08/15/1985
Height: 6'03"
Weight: 190lbs
NHL Status: Eligable in 2004
How Acquired: Drafted in 4th round '01 Bantam

Matt McCann received limited ice time as a rookie in 2002-2003.  At 6'3" and close to 200lbs he was by far the Rangers' biggest rookie to have made the team out of camp.  Unfortunately, circumstances outside of Matt's control quickly robbed him of his playing time.  He started the season battling with fellow rookie: Nick Duff for the number 6 defense spot in the lineup.  Quickly into the season the Rangers acquired overager: George Halkidis to give their blueline corps a boost still smarting from the loss of Steve Eminger.  Matt then became the 8th defenseman and spent the better part of the season playing for Listowel of the Mid-Western Junior B league.  The eventual return of Steve Eminger would push McCann even further down the Rangers defensive depth chart.  His lack of ice was more of a function of such a quality team playing in front of him rather than a commentary on his playing ability.  Matt would find his way into the lineup during two separate stints, just after Christmas with many of the Rangers sick he was called up for spot duty on defense, and then again at the end of the season with the Rangers having claimed 1st place overall in the OHL in order to rest of the team's veteran players.  During his second call-up Matt appeared more poised and comfortable playing at the Major Junior 'A' level.

Matt McCann brings limited offensive skills, and mobility to the rink.  His forte needs to be suffocating play both in front of his own net, and along the boards.  A slow first step needs to be helped by keeping his feet moving at all times.  Matt has shown a willingness to fight in the OHL in his first season, but has predominately gone looking to dance with lesser weights of the OHL.  Should he return bigger and stronger during his sophomore season he could prove to be a invaluable asset for the Rangers who stand to lose: Steve Eminger, T.J. Eason and George Halkidis, along with the possibility of losing the services of Marcus Smith on the blueline.  McCann needs to accept his role with the Rangers and cannot afford to be selfish, his game if played to perfection, with not lead to being noticed, but should he keep things simple, he will be very effective for coach Peter DeBoer, and earn plenty of ice time.

Statistics
 
Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
17
0
0
0
21
-1
0
0
2002-2003 Listowel Cyclones
47
3
7
10
112
0
0
0
Career Totals
17
0
0
0
21
-1
0
0