24-Year-Old Center – Ottawa Senators
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Contract Information:
Signed a two-year (one way), $1.8 million contract with the Senators in June 2015.
Pageau has managed six goals and 20 points through 53 games, well off last season's pace (19 goals and 43 points). However, he has been asked to shadow the top opponent's skater, and coach Guy Boucher is excited about his play as a defensive forward, Ken Warren of The Ottawa Citizen reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pageau was a key member of the Senators' second-half surge into the postseason, as he finished his 2014-15 campaign with 10 goals and nine assists in 50 games. A leg injury in the first round of the playoffs resulted in him finishing the season off the ice, but he’s expected to be back at full health for the team's training camp this fall. With a new two-year contract in tow, Pageau is set to see full-time action in Ottawa for the first time in his career, likely serving as the Senators' third-line center. It wouldn't be a surprise if he quietly challenged for a 35-to-40-point season.
Pageau was expected to make a big jump last season after an impressive playoff performance in 2013, but largely disappointed. The center suited up for 28 games in 2013-14, but was only able to muster two goals and 12 PIM over that span. He's still just 21-years-old, but with the Senators in a rebuilding mindset after trading Jason Spezza, 2014-15 could be Pageau's last opportunity to prove his worth to the franchise. He has great speed, and showed the ability to score with six points in 10 games in the playoffs two years ago, so he might be a decent super-sleeper pick in deeper leagues.
Pageau came up for the playoffs at the ripe old age of 20 and proceeded to post impressive numbers with four goals and two assists in 10 playoff games. He'll get a shot to be an every day player in Ottawa to start the year and his great speed could very well keep him in the big league. He's a high risk pick, but there's definitely potential to be found here.