Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Devils sign 1st round pick Stefan Matteau to ELC
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08-17-2012, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by tsipka View Post
Devils liked what they saw from him in the rookie camp, going as far as calling him an 'A prospect.' It would be interesting to see if he makes the jump to the AHL this season. I dont know why more players dont do it earlier. I dont know if they make any money in Juniors but in the AHL they will deff be making more than any entry level job out of college.
Juniors players who are under contract to NHL clubs do receive a small stipend, I believe. And for purposes of determining amateur status and eligibility, the NCAA considers the CHL to be a professional league.

Matteau should go to the Q for at least a year in order to develop his offensive game and turn him into a scoring power forward. No need to rush him along just because he is physically ready for the NHL, doing that could stunt his development.

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