Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Stefan Matteau and Dalton Thrower
/ New York Islanders
Stefan Matteau US Under-18, USHL
Dalton Thrower Saskatoon Blades, WHL
Stefan Matteau is looking to create his own path to the NHL, as his father Stephane did two decades ago. Playing two years with the US National Team Development Program, Stefan showed his grit by finishing second on his team with 93 penalty minutes in 2011-12. Matteau also served as one of his team’s best penalty killers when he wasn’t in the box. Matteau will take his two-way ability to the QMJHL next season to play for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Despite standing less than six feet tall, Dalton Thrower maintains a huge presence on the blue line both offensively and defensively. Dalton led Saskatoon defensemen in scoring (54 points), while not shying away from dropping the gloves. The scouts have been impressed with Thrower’s ability to both run a power play and contribute significantly on the defensive end, typically while playing against the opponent’s top line. Thrower and the Blades are guaranteed a spot in next year’s Memorial Cup as Saskatoon is hosting the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Championship.
Scott Mayfield, Islanders prospect My second year in juniors, Matteau actually put up a lot of points in a game against us. He was pretty good offensively.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Stefan Matteau is a big power forward. He likes the dirty areas on the rink. He is a physical player who can score goals.
Brenden Kichton, Islanders, prospect Dalton is definitely a physical player. He competes hard, has a hard shot, good offensive instincts and defends well.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Dalton Thrower plays the game bigger than he is. He has a big shot from the blue line, and the ability to move the puck well.