Matteau was wavied by the Canadiens on Monday in order to assign him to AHL St. John's. Matteau, if he clears waivers, will join the IceCaps for their training camp. The 22-year-old made 32 appearances in the majors last season between New Jersey and Montreal, but only managed to notch one goal and one assist while averaging 10:05 in ice time per night. It seems likely the winger will spend the bulk of the 2016-17 campaign fine tuning his game in the minors, which means fantasy owners may want to look for other discount fantasy options.
Matteau had his best game since being acquired by Montreal on Tuesday, administering six hits in a 4-3 win over the Ducks. A former first-round draft pick in 2012, Matteau has not made a mark in the NHL -- just six points and minus-13 in 52 career games over three-plus seasons. His unremarkable play continued when he was acquired by Montreal until Wednesday's physical effort against the rugged Ducks. The 22-year-old is playing for a spot on next season's team and, frankly, needs to do more than he has in his first eight games as a Canadien to be something more than another forward on the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps.
Matteau (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Panthers, Dave Peters of the Montreal Gazette reports. Matteau is expected to slot back into a bottom-six role Tuesday against Florida, skating alongside Michael McCarron and Lucas Lessio on the Canadiens' third line. The former first-round pick has very little to offer in terms of fantasy value, as he's tallied just two points (one goal, one assist) in 25 games this season.
Matteau will be out of the lineup Saturday against Minnesota with a lower-body ailment, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The injury bug strikes again in Montreal, as Matteau, who has only been with the team for five games since the trade deadline, is out for at least Saturday. The 22-year-old had just tallied his first point as a Canadien on Thursday and was averaging over 10-minutes of ice time per game. With fellow winger Lars Eller (illness) also absent against the Wild, expect Lucas Lessio and Charles Hudon to slot into the depth chart.
Matteau notched his first assist of the year -- and his first point in five games with the Habs -- in Thursday's 3-2 win over Buffalo. Somewhere, someone in an unconscionably deep fantasy league is slightly happy to see Matteau's secondary assist on Torrey Mitchell's game-winner. For most everyone else outside the 22-year-old's immediate family (and perhaps Habs fans), his exploits on the Canadiens' fourth line are of precious little interest.
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