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Matteau fitting in at training camp

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 4:24 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Matteau fitting in at training camp



 
Two days into training camp at AmeriHealth Pavilion, Pete DeBoer already likes what he sees from Stefan Matteau.

The Devils' first-round pick last June, Matteau has impressed the head coach by showing he belongs on the ice with NHLers.

"The way he carries himself, he's a big, heavy guy that I think moves well. He's a typical New Jersey Devils forward," DeBoer said Monday. "Those guys are hard to find and he looks to me like he's going to have a good, long career."

A left wing, Matteau has skated on a line with Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson. Zubrus is a familiar face for Matteau: they train together in Montreal during the offseason. Zubrus even called Matteau moments after the Devils selected him 29th overall.

But their line combination at practice? A coincidence.

"Zubie ended up there by accident because (Jacob Josefson, lower body) was out," DeBoer said. "You're giving us too much credit. It's a good thought, though."

Still, being with Zubrus has helped Matteau get acclimated.

"It's pretty cool," Matteau said. "He's looking out for me, he's helping me out along the way. It's different to see what he does every day. I'm used to seeing him in summer hockey and summer workouts, but now it's actually the NHL and it's pretty cool to see him here."

Matteau hopes to get his own taste of NHL action soon. He has 18 goals and 10 assists for Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL), but would love to be in the lineup when the Devils open the 2012-13 season Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

To do that, he'll have to continue making a good impression.

"I think it's going better and better," Matteau said. "It's obviously a big step up from where I was, but I feel comfortable. It's a pretty big adjustment in speed, but I'm playing with Zubrus and Clarkson and they're two good guys, two good players so things are going well."

• LW Reid Boucher scored four goals for Sarnia (OHL) on Saturday, upping his season total to an OHL-leading 35. Boucher has eight goals, five assists in seven January games.

• D Damon Severson had a goal and two assists last Wednesday for Kelowna, extending his season-high points streak to seven games (1g-9a). He's seventh among WHL defensemen with 32 points (6g-26a).

• LW Ben Johnson's riding a six-game points streak after potting a goal for Windsor (OHL) Sunday night. He has tallied six goals and two assists during the streak, including a hat trick on Jan. 4.

• C Graham Black scored Saturday for Swift Current (WHL), and now has points in three straight contests (2g-2a). He has five points (2g-3a) in six games this month. Black is third on the Broncos with 34 points (18g-16a).

Black's teammate D Reece Scarlett recorded an assist for the Broncos on Saturday, giving him a goal and four assists in January. He leads Swift Current defensemen with 24 points (6g-18a).

• D Joe Faust picked up his first goal/point of the season for Wisconsin (WCHA) on Friday in the Badgers' 4-3 OT win over Minnesota State. Faust was the Devils' fourth-round pick in 2010.

• D Jon Merrill registered an assist in each of Michigan's (CCHA) weekend games vs. Alaska for his first points of the season. He returned to action on Jan. 4 after suffering an injury during the preseason.

• RW Artur Gavrus made his season debut for Owen Sound (OHL) on Saturday. He spent the first half of the season skating for Neman Grodno in Belarus.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59