NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils have selected the son of former New York Rangers nemesis Stephane Matteau in the first round of the NHL draft.
The selection of Stefan Matteau with the No. 29 pick on Friday night in Pittsburgh came a little more than a week after the Devils lost to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.
His father scored one of the most crushing goals against the Devils, when he tallied in double overtime in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals. New York went on to win its first Cup title since 1940.
The Devils won their first of three championships the following year.
Matteau, a 6-foot-2 centre, had 15 goals and 17 assists in 46 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program. The Rangers passed on Matteau when they chose defenceman Brady Skjei one pick earlier.