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The son of Stephane Matteau, forever remembered as the man who scored the winning goal in game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, Stefan Matteau checks in at number 30. Matteau is a big, tough kid who could be a boon for any team looking to add some size and toughness come draft day.

As a member of the United States National Development Team Program, Matteau put up 15 goals and 17 assists last year and compounded those with 98 penalty minutes. He also found himself the source of some controversy after being declared ineligible for the U18 World Junior Hockey Championship because he hadn’t played three consecutive years in the United States after the age of 10. Which is a rule, apparently.

Matteau was originally slated to play next season in the NCAA with the University of North Dakota but decided to play for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL instead.

Vitals

Height: 6’2

Weight: 210 pounds

Position: Center

Born: February 23, 1994

What People In The Know Know

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development

Stefan Matteau is a big power forward. He likes the dirty areas on the rink. He is a physical player who can score goals.

Danton Cole, USA Hockey via The Hockey Writers

He’s a big, prototypical pro-type forward.  His approach is really good and he wants to get better. One of the things with guys with this skill level and at this age is a lot of times they can just go out there and play. And even if they’re doing things wrong, they’re good enough that they can get away with it.

The Hockey News

Scouts expect him to succeed more in junior than he did with the U.S. NTDP because of his physicality.

“He has all the tools to be a quote-un-quote power forward,” one scout said. “There are enough tools in his game that when he gets that consistency, he can be very, very effective.”

Matteau’s energetic, edgy play occasionally is more a detriment to his game than an asset.

“He took a lot of dumb, selfish penalties,” another scout said. “He’s definitely more a junior-style player than a college player. He’d be in the box all game long in college.”

From The Horse’s Mouth

Matteau has the size and the skill to be an asset to an NHL team but there is clearly still a lot of development that needs to be put into his game. He has the NHL pedigree to be successful (for however much that matters…probably not a lot) and should be a solid late first or early second round pick for a team lacking some size up front.