2012 NHL Mock Draft: Die By The Blade Selects Stefan Matteau With 21st Pick

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: A general view of the draft floor during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SB Nation's NHL Mock Draft continues along with the Sabres coming up with the 21st pick. Here is the progress thus far

Pick Team Player
1 Edmonton Nail Yakupov
2 Columbus Filip Forsberg
3 Montreal Mikhail Grigorenko
4 New York Islanders Alex Galchenyuk
5 Toronto Ryan Murray
6 Anaheim Matthew Dumba
7 Minnesota Jacob Trouba
8 Carolina Teuvo Tervainen
9 Winnipeg Radek Faksa
10 Tampa Bay Griffin Reinhart
11 Washington Zegmus Girgensons
12 Buffalo Cody Ceci
13 Dallas Morgan Rielly
14 Calgary Olli Maatta
15 Ottawa Sebastian Collberg
16 Washington Pontus Aberg
17 San Jose Tomas Hertl
18 Chicago Matt Finn
19 Tampa Bay Derrick Pouliot
20 Philadelphia Brendan Gaunce

With the 21st pick, Die By The Blade will take Stefan Matteau of the U.S. National Team Development Program. This pick gives the Sabres the much needed center depth without reaching too far down the list to do it.

Stefan Matteau - C - USNTDP - 6'2 - 210 lbs

Matteau is a solid, young center that has been turning some heads with his performance with the USNTDP this past season. Matteau had 15 goals and 33 points for the team last season and did not perform with the team in the Under-18 tournament due to eligibility issues. Matteau will be playing in the QMJHL next season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada instead of heading to North Dakota.

Matteau has a strong pedigree as well with his father, Stephane Matteau, being the player that scored the game winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. The younger Matteau has the size and skill but still needs a few years worth of work if he is going to make it to the NHL.

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