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Fantasy Summary

Pure defensive defenseman, limited offensive upside. Potential in blocks/hits leagues.


Observations

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May 2023 – Matier was arguably one of Nashville’s most improved prospects this year. The 6-5 blueliner had an outstanding year for the Ottawa 67’s with 13 goals and 49 points in 58 games while still being one of the most defensively sound defenseman in the OHL. Unfortuately, Ottawa fell flat on their run towards the OHL championship and a Memorial Cup bid but overall, Matier really raised his stock in the organization this season. He is now with the Milwaukee Admirals admist their playoff run and he looks set to turn pro in 2023-24. Matier may not become a top-four defenseman at the NHL level but there is no reason why he can’t become a reliable third-pair type player. Curtis Rines

December 2022 – Hockey Canada has released their roster for the 2023 World Junior Championship, and with his point-per-game start to the season, Matier has earned a spot on Team Canada’s blueline. He looks set to lineup beside Blackhawks prospect Kevin Korchinski on the third pair and he should see a good amount of penalty-killing time. This tournament could be Matier’s true coming-out party to the rest of the hockey world. Curtis Rines

November 2022 – Matier has been off to a hot start in the OHL. The 67’s blueliner is on pace for 28 goals and 84 points, which outpace fellow fourth-year defensemen, Ethan Del Mastro and Logan Mailloux. For a player who most views as defense-first, the offensive outbreak is a positive development. The Preds look to have a good one in Matier, and his progression continues to be trending upwards. Curtis Rines

June 2022 – Matier was the backbone of the 67’s blueline this season. Named an alternate captain, Head Coach Dave Cameron relied on him to be a difference-maker, and that he was. His expected time on ice per game was close to 23 minutes, the most by far on Ottawa. Although his offensive upside remains limited, he is a reliable player on the back end and will be a long-term project for the Predators’ development team. Curtis Rines

October 2021 – The Predators have announced that Matier has been signed to a three-year, entry level contract. Curtis Rines

August 2021 – In the fourth round Nashville selected Matier who is a defensive defenseman through and through. As he returns to the OHL this year with the Ottawa 67’s after a canceled season, he will look to prove that he has the ability to contribute offensively as well. Curtis Rines

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 8, 2003
Height 6‘5”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 4; Overall: 124

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Soo Greyhounds U14 AAANOHL U1426 6 814 44|Playoffs5 2 13
  Soo Thunder U15 AAANOHL U152 1 12 0|        
 2017-2018 Soo Thunderbirds U16 AAAGNML24 1 56 12|Playoffs4 0 00
 2018-2019 Soo Thunderbirds U16 AAAGNML21 10 1222 18|        
  Soo ThunderbirdsNOJHL1 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Team NOHA OHL Cup3 1 01 2|        
  Team NOHA OGC-164 1 23 4|        
 2019-2020 Ottawa 67'sOHL56 0 99 19|        
 2020-2021 Ottawa 67'sOHL0 0 00 0|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 11 2|        
 2021-2022 Ottawa 67'sOHL66 9 2029 53|Playoffs4 1 34
 2022-2023 Ottawa 67'sOHL58 13 3649 57|Playoffs11 3 36
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 11 0|        
 2023-2024 Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL15 0 22 2|        
  Atlanta GladiatorsECHL52 6 1117 26|        

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