New Jersey Devils Select Stefan Matteau At No. 29

With the No. 29 selection in the NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils have selected Stefan Matteau.


The 18-year-old Chicago native had six goals and four assists in 18 games with United States National Team Development Program juniors team last season and will play for the Blainsville-Boisbriand Armada in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2012-13.

Matteau’s got size (6’1”, 210), speed and great hockey skills, making him a dangerous player.

He can close on pucks and opposing players to make defensive plays as well as isn’t afraid to lay his big frame into opponents. He can also overwhelm opponents offensively with the size and speed.

Matteau has a good wrist shot as well as the ability to drive the net, making his ability to score from anywhere on the ice a top attribute.

Sometimes Matteau can play over-aggressively and is susceptible to a lack of discipline. He can also play the wing position, adding depth and versatility to his game.