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Devils sign Stefan Matteau to entry-level deal

Tuesday, 08.14.2012 / 4:10 PM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday they've signed forward Stefan Matteau, the club’s first choice (No. 29) in the 2012 NHL Draft, to an entry-level contract.

The Record reports the three-year deal pays an NHL salary of $842,500 per season for a total of $2,527,500.

"Stefan Matteau is a size and strength power forward who we consider to be one of our top prospects," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

Matteau, 18, joins the Devils' organization after spending the past two seasons with the United States Development Program. Earlier this month, he attended USA Hockey's Under-20 Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The 6-2, 215-pound forward skated in 46 games for the Under-18 squad in 2011-12, tallying 15 goals, 17 assists and a team-leading 166 penalty minutes. He played for Team USA's Under-17 team in 2010-11, notching seven goals, 11 assists and 65 penalty minutes.

Matteau was a member of the United States' championship squad at the 2011 Under-18 Vlad Dzurilla tournament in Slovakia, and of the silver medal-winning team at the 2011 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

He played for the 2009-10 Canadian National Champion Notre Dame Hounds (Sask.) and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 Four Nations Cup.

Matteau is the son of former NHL wing Stéphane Matteau.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round