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Stefan Matteau | Winger

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (20) / 2/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
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Albany Devils coach Rick Kowalsky never brought up Stefan Matteau's problems with his former QMJHL team, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Matteau was released from the squad following a playoff game because of his "unacceptable" behavior, according to Blainville-Boisbriand. However, Kowalsky believed that it was important for Matteau to get a fresh start and so far, Matteau has made a good impression. "With everything I've seen, Stef's professional," Kowalsky said. "To me, he's well beyond his years in that regard. I probably read or heard just as much as you did (about Matteau's past) and didn't bother forming an opinion on it. I've got the kid in front of me and he's been great for us." Matteau has nine goals and 19 points in 43 AHL games this season. Feb 18 - 5:37 PM

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Stefan Matteau will take part in the upcoming 2013 World Juniors.

Matteau will stick with AHL Albany long enough to play on Saturday before he heads for Team USA's training camp. He has 12 points and 31 penalty minutes in 23 AHL contests this season.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Stefan Matteau has been sent to the minors.

Matteau played in 17 NHL games last season, but he wasn't able to crack the Devils' opening game roster. However, that's not terribly surprising given the logjam the Devils have in terms of forwards. Matteau is still likely to be recalled at some point as an injury replacement.
Source: NY Post
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Devils prospects Stefan Matteau and Steven Santini will attend this weekend's USA Hockey national junior evaluation camp.

Matteau has had quite a year, making the Devils out of training camp before being returned to his junior club halfway through the year. Matteau eventually had a disagreement of varying degree with his junior club and was released by the team. The former first-round pick also missed most of the Devils' junior camp with a minor injury, so we can imagine he's anxious to get back on the ice. Santini was the Devils' second-round pick in June's draft. Both players will be competing for a spot on the U.S. team ahead of this year's world junior championships.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 01:55:00 PM

Stefan Matteau will miss the rest of the New Jersey Devils' development camp due to a minor injury.

"I think that's the plan, unless he jumps up and down and says he's better than he was when he was healthy," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "I'm not sure he's going to say that." Matteau has already missed two days due to the ailment. This is just an FYI as it's assumed the Devils are erring heavily on the side of caution, given that there's no reason for Matteau to push himself for the sake of some practices and scrimmages in July.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Stefan Matteau has been invited to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Matteau was among the 40 forwards and defensemen listed to participate in Team USA's camp from Aug. 3 through Aug. 10, in Lake Placid, N.Y. He was one of the final cuts from last year's gold-medal winning squad.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 01:48:00 PM

Stefan Matteau's father, Stephane, wasn't happy with how the QMJHL Blainville-Boisbriand Armada treated his son.

Stefan was released from the team after because of his "unacceptable" behavior, according to Blainville-Boisbriand. However, his father, who is a coach in the organization, believed that they were eager to make an example out of Stefan after he spent time with the New Jersey Devils earlier this season. "They released him on emotion and emotion only," Stephane Matteau said. "In the semifinals, he got speared and he retaliated – it’s a hockey play – and they decided to sit him out the whole third period of a 1-1 game. Emotionally, he let coach know it was unfair the way he was treated for that moment and they went at it verbally and they kicked him off (the team) five minutes after the game." Devils GM Lou Lamoriello previously voiced his support of Blainville-Boisbriand's decision.
Wed, May 8, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Stefan Matteau has been released by QMJHL Blainville-Boisbrand.

Matteau reportedly left the team after he was benched in the third period of Saturday's playoff contest. Blainville-Boisbrand has informed Matteau that "his behavior was unacceptable to our organization." The New Jersey Devils drafted Matteau with the 29th pick in 2012 and he even played in 17 NHL games this season. The Devils ultimately decided to return Matteau to the minors so that he could continue his development and participate in Blainville-Boisbrand's postseason run. "I have spoken to his general manager (Joel Bouchard) and there is a situation and he is not with the team," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "You never like to hear something like this. I support the junior team in doing what they think is right. It's my understanding he will not be going back at the choice of the team." Lamoriello also voiced his support of Blainville-Boisbrand's decision, although he added that he hasn't talked to Matteau yet.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 02:15:00 PM

The timing of Stefan Matteau's demotion was related to the QMJHL playoffs.

"The (QMJHL) playoffs are coming up. In Quebec you have to be on the roster at a certain point of time in order to be eligible," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "We looked at the situation, and for his development we felt it was best for him to go back. We know what we have. He’s going to be a size-and-strength wing in this organization for a long time. In all fairness, maybe we put him in a tough situation where maybe he should’ve grown a little more." Matteau had a goal and three points in 17 games with the Devils this season.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Stefan Matteau's first NHL season is over as the New Jersey Devils demoted him back to the juniors

Really, it makes sense because the 2012 first-round pick seemed to jump ahead of line a bit earlier than many expected, anyway. Players cannot be recalled from the junior level during the regular season, so if he's on your team for whatever reason, let him go.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Stefan Matteau will probably be back in the lineup Thursday night.

He didn't play in the team's last game Tuesday versus Tampa. The rookie forward has one goal and two assists in 14 games. Tom Kostopoulos is also expected to be available to suit up after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh, but it's unclear if he'll play or if his presence will impact the playing time of Matteau.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 07:11:00 AM

Stefan Matteau is a "little banged up" so he'll sit in favor of Jacob Josefson on Sunday.

Neither forward is particularly fantasy-relevant at this point in their careers, although Matteau has great upside to eventually be a go-to guy.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 03:03:00 PM

Stefan Matteau will celebrate his 19th birthday on Saturday.

Matteau has two points in 10 NHL games. He's a physical forward, but he has some offensive upside as well. "I think he has the ability and the tools to be a top six forward and complement some of the high-skilled guys in the world that play in the top sixes around the league," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "He can skate with them. He has the vision and the hands to make a play with those type of players. He’s 6-2 and he’s probably going to play at 225 or 230 before he’s done." DeBoer added that he could see Matteau developing into a David Clarkson or Scott Hartnell type of player.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 06:27:00 PM

Stefan Matteau skated on New Jersey's third line during Wednesday's practice.

He took the spot of Ryan Carter, who sat out the session due to a head injury. Matteau has been a healthy scratch for the last three games, but he could make his return with Carter questionable to play.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Stefan Matteau will spend Friday's game in the press box.

That's an early indication that Matteau might be the big loser in the Devils acquisition of Alexei Ponikarovsky. He has two points in nine games this season. Because he's already played in five contests, this will count as the first year of his entry-level contract regardless of how much the Devils use him.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 03:29:00 PM

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