Devils Must Give Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau Real Chances Before Season’s End

March 23rd, 2015 by Adam Braun Leave a reply »

It is no secret that the New Jersey Devils are short on talented forward prospects. Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau may not even be considered top prospects at this point, but they are the best the Devils have up front right now.

General manager and interim coach Lou Lamoriello called up both players on an emergency basis before Saturday's game, and Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice reports the team has now designated them as regular call-ups.

Since New Jersey now has more than enough healthy forwards, it would appear Lamoriello wants to give Boucher and Matteau a chance at the NHL level before the end of the season.

It is important both for these players to get a taste of NHL action and for the team to get a sense of what Boucher and Matteau are capable of as the Devils head into an offseason of transition.

To do that, the Devils must not just slot the young left wingers into minor roles, but give them an opportunity to play significant minutes in situations where their suitability for the NHL can be tested.

This is the only way New Jersey can truly learn what it has in Boucher (21) and Matteau (21) ...

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