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Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Stefan Matteau and Dalton Thrower

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

draft profiles
Stefan Matteau
US Under-18, USHL
Position: LW Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1" Born: 23-Feb-94
Weight: 210 Hometown: Chicago, IL
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
U.S. NTDP 18 6 4 10 93
draft profiles
Dalton Thrower
Saskatoon Blades, WHL
Position: D Shoots: Right
Height: 5'11" Born: 20-Dec-93
Weight: 189 Hometown: Vancouver, BC
2011-12 GP G A P PIM
Saskatoon 66 18 36 54 103
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.

Click here for Islanders 2012 Draft Central's breakdown of the top-50 players available in this year's draft.
Stefan Matteau (left) of the U.S. National Development Team Program and Dalton Thrower (right) of the Saskatoon Blades
are the #30 and #29 ranked draft prospects.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
Round 3 -
65th overall
Round 4 -
103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 -
125th overall
Round 6 -
155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall

Islanders last five first-round picks
2011: Ryan Strome (5th overall)
2010: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall)
2009: John Tavares (1st overall)
2008: Josh Bailey (9th overall)
2006: Kyle Okposo (7th overall)

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