Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
26-Year-Old CenterC
Ottawa Senators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pageau suffered a devastating Achilles injury during the opening days of training camp last fall and was limited to just 39 games as a result. While the center fared well in his return to the ice -- four goals, eight helpers and 83 shots -- it likely won't put him atop most fantasy draft boards. Still, the Ottawa native is capable of reaching the 35-point mark and could be a sneaky depth option for fantasy owners heading into the 2019-20 season. Considering the 26-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, he could also be a trade candidate at the deadline, which would likely see his fantasy value rise. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.1 million contract with the Senators in July of 2017.
Scores game-tying goal
COttawa Senators
October 17, 2019
Pageau scored a goal on five shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Golden Knights.
Pageau knotted the game at 2-2 just 4:25 into the third period and has found the net in two of his last three games. He's off to a nice start overall this season with five points and a plus-3 rating in his first six games. Pageau has reached the scoresheet in four of those six games and should be able to provide double-digit goals if he can stay healthy for a full season. He was limited to 39 games (and four goals) a year ago.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pageau failed to reach 15 goals in either of the past two seasons which didn't bode well for his outlook this upcoming season, but after tearing his Achilles tendon during training camp testing, the center will be lucky to play in 10 contests this year. At 25 years old, it was time for Pageau to prove he was worthy of being a part of Ottawa's long-term future -- how missing the 2018-19 campaign factors into the club's plans likely won't be known until the 2019 offseason.
Pageau took a step back in his second full season with the Senators in 2016-17, tallying 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 82 games after notching 43 points in 2015-16. That decline in production can largely be attributed to the 5-foot-10 pivot’s failure to score a single shorthanded goal last season after potting seven shorties in 2015-16, but therein lies the problem with Pageau as a fantasy asset. The 24-year-old forward is buried on Ottawa’s depth chart behind Kyle Turris and Derick Brassard, and he isn't expected to occupy a spot on either of his team’s power-play units next season, so he’s forced to earn all of his offensive production while at even strength or shorthanded. Pageau is a dependable depth option who could easily produce 35 or so points as well as a strong hit total, but his limited role caps his fantasy upside.
To put it in simple terms, Pageau exploded in the 2015-16 season. Improvement across the board is one thing, but the unheralded pivot set career highs in every category, including establishing himself as a major threat when his team was a man down (seven shorthanded goals). The 2011 fourth-round pick appeared in all 82 contests, registering 19 tallies, 24 assists, a plus-17 rating (best on the roster) and 133 shots on goal. Ordinarily, that would make him a big-time fantasy sleeper entering this year, but Pageau’s stuck on the third line thanks to the arrival of veteran Derick Brassard and the expected healthy return of Kyle Turris (ankle). However, be ready to snatch the 23-year-old off the waiver wire if he finds his way into the top six.
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.
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Gets Gordie Howe hat trick
COttawa Senators
October 12, 2019
Pageau scored a goal, picked up an assist and got a fighting major in Saturday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
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Picks up helper in loss
COttawa Senators
October 5, 2019
Pageau drew an assist on Ottawa's lone goal in its 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
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Lights lamp in defeat
COttawa Senators
April 5, 2019
Pageau scored his team's final goal of the night in a 5-2 loss to Buffalo on Thursday.
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Eligible Saturday
COttawa Senators
March 22, 2019
Pageau has served his one-game suspension and is available for Saturday's clash with Edmonton.
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Will sit one game
COttawa Senators
March 21, 2019
On Thursday, Pageau was hit with a one-game suspension for boarding Vancouver's Ashton Sautner during Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Canucks.
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