With another top scorer leaving the New Jersey Devils, the door to the NHL is once again wide open for Stefan Matteau.
Matteau briefly made the jump from junior hockey to the big league last season, earning a spot on the roster coming out of training camp. The run lasted 17 games and resulted in one goal before the-then 18-year-old was sent back to his junior team in March.
Having Matteau pick up the goal-scoring slack after the loss of Zach Parise to free agency never panned out.
Heading into this season, Matteau has a second chance. After all, New Jersey's need for scorers is greater with star forward Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to return to Russia.
This time, Matteau believes he is ready.
''It's been crazy, a big roller-coaster of emotions for my family and I,'' Matteau said Tuesday at the Devils' prospects camp. ''It's been great. I found a good organization. I was here for two months or so. Everything happened so fast and now it...