In our introductory WJC conversation I predicted Stefan Matteau would in fact make the final roster. This morning two more cuts were made….Mattau was one of them. If there’s any consolation, New York Rangers First Round Draft pick Brady Skjei was also cut.
At first sight I was a bit disappointed but the truth is Matteau is at the point in his career where he is molding into the professional player he needs to be and also a little bit of what the New Jersey Devils want him to be. The process of learning and discovery is an important one in and of its own. He has more ebbs and flows to go through before the final Matteau prevails. As long as he understands the process he will be just fine. Having his father Stephane in a support and coaching role is a vital but sound keystone. Players at this stage need to be cradled as they make the transition through Major Junior and the Professional levels.
Most assuredly Lou Lamoriello is making a phone call to praise his work throughout the process but more so to keep his head game straight. Personal let downs can be tough for a draftee or anyone at this age in their career. He is surrounded by all the right people and this is simply another treasuring moment for New Jersey Devils fans.
New Jersey Prospect Blake Pietila (LW) has made the final roster. “His role will be on a checking line, killing penalties” (Fire and Ice) which will bode well for him during New Jersey Devils training camps.
It is believed one more cut on defense is all that remains. U.S. general Manager Jim Johannson acknowledged the difficulty in cutting these players with USAToday. Aside from the skill factors, its the pride in one’s country that bleeds heavily. They are all talented players and they all have given their heart.
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