NHL PLAYER, Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Born Nov 11, 1992 -- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 4 #96 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Jean-Gabriel "J-G" Pageau (born November 11, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Senators in the fourth round, 96th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Born in Ottawa and raised in neighbouring Hull, Quebec (now Gatineau, Quebec), Pageau played junior hockey with the Gatineau Olympiques and Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Selected by his hometown Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Pageau began his professional career in 2012–13 with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, registering 7 goals and 29 points in 69 games before being called-up to Ottawa on April 10, 2013. Pageau stayed in Ottawa for the remainder of the season, registering two goals and four points in nine regular season games. On May 5, 2013, he scored a hat-trick in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series as the Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6–1. In so doing, he became just the second Senators player to score a hat-trick in the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson being the first.
Following the season, Pageau was honoured by his hometown; on June 18, 2013, he signed the official guestbook at the start of the Gatineau City Council meeting and received a plaque. Mayor of Gatineau Marc Bureau called him "a true ambassador for the city".
In June 2015, it was announced Pageau signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Senators worth an annual average of $900,000. Pageau would play in all 82 games during the 2015–16 season and achieve career highs in goals (19), assists (24) and points (43), and led the NHL in short-handed goals with seven. Pageau scored four goals in Game 2 of round two of the 2017 playoffs against the New York Rangers, including the game-winner in double overtime.
On July 17, 2017, the Senators re-signed Pageau to a three-year, $9.3 million contract worth $3.1 million annually, avoiding arbitration.
On April 12, 2018, Pageau was one of the 18 players to be named to the 2018 IIHF World Championship to represent Canada, where he scored one goal and tallied three assists.
Pageau has become a scoring threat on penalty kill August 21, 2018
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who recently signed a multi-year deal to return to the Ottawa Senators through 2019-2020, has carved out a nice role for himself in the NHL as a speedy, two-way forward that can put the puck in the net. Since joining the Senators full-time during the 2014-15 season, the Ottawa-native has not failed to score at least 10 goals or more in each of his 4 years with the club. He has made a name for himself on the penalty-kill, where he has tallied 12 shorthanded points in the last 3 seasons (including 8 goals), ranking him 2nd in the NHL during that span.
For more on Pageau, check out the nhl.com story here.