Mattias Tedenby has a lot of potential. The 23-year-old Left Winger has a decisive year ahead of him to show the New Jersey Devils Front Office that he has what it takes to stick around this year once his new 1-year, 1-way, $600,000 contract expires.
Tedenby started his career in Sweden where he would play both domestically and internationally. He has played on Sweden’s U-18, U-20 and their National Team. The 2008 U-18 World Championship First Team All-Star was drafted in the first round by the Devils and has put up pretty solid numbers in Albany. Playing in only 12 games in the AHL his rookie season, Tedenby felt the taste of the NHL life with 22 points in 58 games.
The next season he would play in 43 more NHL games but struggled as he only mustered up one goal and 5 assists. He would do better in Albany that year however as he totaled 6 goals and 14 assists (20 pts) in 35 games. Last season, he only had 1 point in 4 games in the NHL as he spent most of his time in Albany. He posted another solid season in the AHL with 10 goals, 9 assists, 19 points in 37 games.
What to Expect
Based on his new 1-year deal, it is safe to assume that Tedenby will at least start the season in the NHL. There are many factors as to what role he will have on the NJ Devils, if one even exists. He could impress in camp and beat out the 3rd line spot Rostislav Olesz will most likely have. He could also falter and Harri Pesonen, Stefan Matteau, or Reid Boucher could impress and make the team.
If one of those three dazzle at camp, Tedenby could even be pushed out as a 5th LW on the roster and be a day-to-day scratch. I think that if he spends the entire season in the NHL and sees a deserving amount of ice time, he will begin to develop into what the former 1st-rounder was meant to become.
With 6 LW in Albany at the moment, Tedenby can’t get comfortable because at least one of them will most likely be in New Jersey before the season ends.