A month ago, Stefan Matteau was the final player cut on the United States junior team that went on to win the World Junior Championship.
Now, two days into training camp for the New Jersey Devils, Matteau appears to have a serious opportunity to make the team and play a role early in the season, especially with last year’s playoff hero, Adam Henrique, sidelined while rehabbing a broken wrist for the next few weeks.
After getting praise from several members of the Devils, including goalie Martin Brodeur and head coach Pete DeBoer, Matteau could slide perfectly into a winger slot for the Devils to start the 2013 season.
According to the Bergen Record, DeBoer said, of Matteau, “He’s a typical New Jersey Devils forward and those are hard to find.”
Ideally, if Matteau were to make the Devils roster to open the season, he would be a winger on the second or third line, depending on where everyone else slides into place. He could join David Clarkson and Jacob Josefson on third line for the Devils that would have some serious scoring promise.
Right now, it seems that it’s Metteau’s job to lose. Mattias Tedenby, a Devils draft pick that saw significant ice time in 2010, before dropping off last season, is another player that can compete for that spot.
Regardless, the feeling is that at some point in 2013, Matteau will get ice time with the New Jersey Devils. If not now, perhaps later in the season when New Jersey needs a spark in the lineup or some points to push toward a playoff run.
Matteau will look to bring some good fortune to the Devils this season, as well. His father, Stephane Matteau, scored the famous overtime goal in game six of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final for the New York Rangers.