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10-17-2012, 10:23 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Some interesting stuff on Matteau.
Comments from Armada blogger.
I honestly have to say that my impression changes as he plays more games. At first he really seemed like a secondary player, as I had the expectations that a first round pick would dominate the game and league but that wasn't the case. He still put up points and scored some goals, but wasn't as much of a force as I had expected. That being said, he's really turning into an effective power forward as the games go on. He's starting to play a more in your face type hockey and it's working.
His emotions have come out in certain games, going after various players and getting involved in scrums and fights. I have witnessed many players stick an elbow out and try to take his head off, but I think that comes with the territory of being a high profile player. The type of style he plays will cause his emotions to take over on many occasions. One instance for example was vs Quebec, he and a Quebec Dman Ryan Culkin were at each other all game, Matteau dropped his gloves but Culkin didn't and Matteau still engaged in the fight and continued to punch until the ref's broke it up. He was kicked out of the game and Quebec got a 5 minute power play.
In terms of Matteau and adding to the Armada's goal scoring I'd say he's a big part. He might not get many points but he's a key component to the power play as he stays in front of the net and is a big body on the boards. It still is very early in the season, but in his first season in the league he has four goals, four assists in nine games. That's not too bad.
Something I found interesting that happened last night was Brian Burke(GM of Toronto Maple Leafs) was at the game and Matteau played one of his best games I've seen. He scored, fought, threw big hits and was a complete force. I kept my eye on Burke, and after Matteau's hit and fight Burke was on his phone for the rest of the game. Every time Matteau was on the ice after Burke would sit up and watch him. He really played the type of hockey Burke likes. Just an observation.
Quotes taken from article above.
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