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Get to know a draft pick — Stefan Matteau

Jun 20, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Stefan Matteau (Center)

Height: 6′ 2″   Weight: 210   Shoots: Left

Team: United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP)

Country: United States

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 17 skater in North America

What kind of player is he?

Much like his father, former New York Rangers forward Stephane Matteau (sorry Devils fans), Stefan is big and knows how to utilize his size. Scouts like his physicality and ability to play on the edge.

Matteau had 32 points in 46 games for the USNTDP this season…with 166 penalty minutes (!!!). If the Maple Leafs were picking lower than fifth overall, such truculence would be nearly impossible for Brian Burke to pass on.

Matteau is a power forward by definition and he’ll likely play the part at the next level. Most mock drafts have him going in the late teens, early 20s.

Quotable

“He plays like a bull in a china shop as he bangs and crashes his way though the neutral zone on his way to the net. He is at his best when he aggressive on the forecheck and drives to the net without fear.” – Shane Malloy, amateur scout and author of “The Art Of Scouting.”

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Oscar Dansk

Griffin Reinhart

Alex Galchenyuk

Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves

Jacob Trouba

Olli Maatta

Derrick Pouliot

Slater Koekkoek

  1. quonce - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Joe, was that a shout out to me….i think it was even if it wasnt

  2. bwayblues79 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    PHT quoted Gordie Clark in an earlier article as saying the Rangers would consider trading up from the 28th overall pick to get someone who fell to the 20th or 25th overall who was worth it. I’m not saying the Rangers need him, but I want to see them do it just so Sather and Messier can bring Howie Rose up to the podium and say, “With the 20th Overall pick, the New York Rangers select MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU!”

    Great use of the word truculence, too.

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