When it came to moving the puck, receiving it and reading plays, Matteau definitely was. I don't want to dump on the kid too much, he's an 18 year old junior and he wasn't a blue chipper that should be playing at 18 in the first place.
We're basically arguing about two very different bad players. Tedenby can receive the puck and move it when he's not being Captain Dangles. But if he had to take the body twice a game or more, he'd be leaving in a pine box. I just think if you're going to draft a weird player (and they did pass on Carlson and Ennis to draft him), you have to live with the warts and develop them. Otherwise, what's the point of drafting them?
He really hadn't done anything out of the ordinary (for him) to have the plug pulled.
BTW I got a number wrong there, Palmieri was at 6.25 shots/60 at ES that year.
If the Devils want to keep going with Tedenby, fine, but he has done zero to demonstrate that he has NHL potential besides his first 25 NHL games. The list of players with those sorts of numbers in the AHL in their Y-20, Y-21, Y-22 seasons who went on to be, say, regular 40 point players in the NHL is limited. If a guy's going to be real good, he should smash the AHL - the AHL is for future 3rd and 4th liners. Not many guys who end up being top players go there anymore.
His zone defense in Game 4 earned him the heave-ho - he had absolutely no idea what he was doing. Both DeBoer and Lou cited this, implicitly, when they talked about the decision to send him down. Lou said: "He’s just got to settle down a little and go to Albany and have some success and get his game under control because he’s certainly a prospect.
It's probably better if he goes to an international league next year because then he's not waiver-eligible and if he becomes something, they can get him back. I don't think he'll become something, though.
Edited by Triumph, 05 April 2013 - 09:30 PM.