24-Year-Old Center – Tampa Bay Lightning
Cedric Paquette Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract extension in June of 2016.
Paquette (lower body) has yet to rejoin his teammates for practice, effectively ruling him out against Dallas on Thursday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Paquette is the Boltsí 12th or 13th forward. Heís versatile Ė he can score a little, agitate a lot and pick up a some decent numbers in hits and PIM. But hits arenít a standard category, so when you strip them away, youíre left with 25- or 30-point fourth liner who might deliver 75 to 80 PIM. Not bad, per se. But thatís of almost no value if your league has positional requirements and lists him at center. You donít want to use that deep position to roll a one-dimensional guy.
Paquette isn't the greatest or prettiest skater, but when he gets to top speed, he refuses to stop. He does it with a look in his eye that makes his opponents flinch first. Paquette is flat-out relentless on the forecheck and that will-not-stop mentality means he wins more games of chicken than he loses. Maybe it's that little bit of crazy in his eyes - we don't really know. He could be the Bolts' answer to Antoine Roussel if he improves his skating just a little bit (and finds the brake pedal every once in a while). Wait until he ever earns a full-time NHL gig before you even consider him worthy for your team, and even then, only in leagues that count penalty minutes. You'll enjoy watching him more than rolling him on your fantasy squad.