Will Stefan Matteau stick with the Devils?
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01-26-2013, 03:22 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Union County, NJ
It's a really tough call right now. There are pros and cons, in my opinion for either decision. Sending Matteau back to the Q would be good for his development in many ways, but it's possible it could also neuter his physical game with how much they give out suspensions for what would be considered NHL level physical play. (I've been hearing Matteau's been suspended for hits that would be considered a penalty at worst in the NHL)
I actually feel that's part of the reason we brought him up to begin with, so he wouldn't feel like he had to cut back on his physicality to be successful.
Keeping him in the NHL could benefit him if/when he starts earning more minutes and responsibility, both of which are definitely possible for him considering his hockey smarts and the tools he possesses. It won't make much sense to keep him around if he's only playing 5-7 minutes a night though.
He has not looked out of place and in the brief time we've seen him, he's been noticeable in a very good way.
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