In The Hockey News 2012 Mock Draft, they have the Rangers taking Stefan Matteau, the son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau.
Matteau is ranked 30th in The Hockey News Draft issue. He is 6-1, 210 and played for the US National Development Team last season.
Scouts told The Hockey News that Matteau, who will play for his dad in the QMJHL next season, is better suited for the CHL than he would be in the NCAA because of his physical play.
Future Considerations ranks him 34th and says “He’s a wrecking ball with good size, plays with constant energy and has very strong aggressiveness. He hits everyone hard and always makes his presence known on the forecheck. He compliments his physical game with solid offensive skills including a hard wrist shot and some underrated playmaking abilities.”
They project him to be a top-six power forward. Matteau was born in Chicago, less than a month before his father was traded to the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: It’s hard to look at and project where guys will go this late in the first round. There are a lot of prospects that will fit into the mold of late first/second round pick, but Matteau is definitely one the Rangers should keep an eye on. Matteau is physical and seems like a guy who is hard to play against, which is the kind of player that the Rangers like to draft.