Matteau signed a one-year deal with the Golden Knights on Saturday. Vegas is rolling the dice on a 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward who spent all of last season honing his craft with the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL. In 67 games for Montreal's minor-league affiliate, Matteau produced 25 points and a whopping 122 PIM. Remember, this is a guy the Devils had originally chosen with a first-round (29th overall) pick in the 2012 draft, so there may be plenty of untapped potential for the Golden Knights and fantasy owners alike.
Matteau wasn't extended a qualifying offer from the Canadiens and will become an unrestricted free agent, Renaud Lavoi of the Montreal Journal reports. Matteau was acquired by the Canadiens in Febraury of 2016 in a trade with the Jets, but failed to get any ice time with the big club this past season. He'll look to secure a contract elsewhere prior to training camp now that he's headed to free agency, but he's not a lock to start the season at the NHL level, which will likely keep him off the radar in the majority of fantasy leagues.
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.
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