Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Kevin LeBlanc

2012-04-04

Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

 

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-9

Weight: 171

Born: 1992-11-11

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Drafted 2011 by Ottawa, 96th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2015 – The diminutive forward was called up 30 games into Ottawa’s 2014-2015 to replace the void the Curtis Lazar left during his stint with Team Canada at the WJC.  Pageau has proven to be consistent producer on the AHL level in his 142 games in Binghamton, but his production has not yet carried over to the NHL level.  In 81 career NHL games across three seasons, he has only recorded 22 points but has been on a recent hot streak as eight of those points have come in his last 12 games.  J-G likely slots into a role where he will be counted on to provide energy, secondary scoring, a physical edge and win face-offs. With 138 hits in only 44 games, Pageau ranks third among Senators forwards even though he has played far less games. Parlayed over a full 82 game season, his hits numbers would be first on the team and top ten in the league. Most of his minutes will come at even strength or on the penalty kill. With the Senators firepower upfront, Pageau has been used sparingly on the power play.  He has shown ability in the past to play both center and wing, and that versatility will be important if he is to stick at the NHL level.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

September 2014 – Pageau has had a strong start to the 2014-2015 pre-season. The knock on Pageau has never been his speed or his hands, it’s been with his consistency and ability to bring his A-game every night. Although he likely won’t start the year in Ottawa, Pageau is still in the organizations’ good books and will be one of the first to be called to action when he is needed. He kills penalties, is strong in the face off dot and can get the odd second powerplay shift. Not to mention he seems to be a favourite of Paul Maclean. Some may remember in game one of the 2013-2014 season Pageau took a defensive zone face off with less than a minute left in a 1-0 game. He’ll certainly see action in Ottawa this season. Nathan Martin

 

May 2014 – JG Pageau and company were eliminated in the first round of the AHL playoffs by the Wilkes-Barrie Penguins. Pageau hit the back of the net once in the brief four-game series and was a minus-three.  Pageau did, however, lead the team in shots over four games with 11.  It’s probably not fair to judge Pageau’s short playoff performance with relation to his capabilities at the NHL level, as it seems that the team as a whole underperformed.  Pageau will need a strong summer and a solid training camp to crack the