The New Jersey Devils sent forward Stefan Matteau back to his junior team, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, today for the QMJHL playoffs. The 2012 first-rounder has played in 17 games for the Devils, recording one goal and two assists and a minus-one rating.
The 19-year-old was a big impact for the Armada this season, playing in 35 games prior to the start of the NHL season. In those 35 games he scored 18 goals, 10 assists, and a plus-19 rating.
Matteau will be eligible to return to the Devils roster after the completion of the Armada’s season. Matteau could also play for the Devils AHL affiliate the Albany Devils.
The Devils used the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract, after playing him more than five games in the NHL. No player has been called up to take Matteau’s spot on the 23-man roster.
The Devils also signed OHL star, Reid Boucher, to an entry-level deal for three years. The contract does not start until the 2013-2014 season, so Boucher could not play for the Devils this year. However, it is still possible for him to sign a tryout deal with Albany now that his season with the Sarnia Sting in the OHL is complete.
Boucher was fifth overall in scoring for the OHL with 62 goals, 33 assists (95 points), in 68 games, and added a plus-13 rating. He had two goals, and one assist in six playoff games. Boucher also topped the league in power play goals with 21, tied for second in game-winning-goals with nine, and tallied eight first goals of the game.
Boucher is a pure offensive weapon that the Devils are in need of, however, he still needs time to develop into a complete player. He is only 19, and should have plenty of quality years to come.