Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed that 19-year-old prospect Stefan Matteau has been released by Blainville-Boisbrand (QMJHL) after leaving the junior team during the playoffs. Matteau, the Devils' first pick (29th overall) in the 2012 NHL entry draft, was benched during the third period of Saturday's playoff game against Baie-Comeau and reportedly rode on the fans' bus back home after the game. "I have spoken to his general manager (Joel Bouchard) and there is a situation and he is not with the team," Lamoriello said. "You never like to hear something like this. I support the junior team in doing what they think is right. "It's my understanding he will not be going back at the choice of the team." In a statement issued today, the Armada said of Matteau: “We have told him repeatedly that his behavior was unacceptable to our organization.” Matteau, who had 70 penalty minutes in 35 junior games this season, has been benched for undisciplined play at various points this season. His father, former NHLer Stephane Matteau, is an assistant coach for Blainville-Boisbrand, which trails, 2-0, in the semifinal playoff series.
Lamoriello confirms Stefan Matteau was released by junior club
Newark Star-Ledger | Apr 22