#44 | Center
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 184 | Born: November 11, 1992
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON | Acquired: Traded from Ottawa (February 24, 2020)
Assets: An energetic and versatile forward, he works very hard at both ends of the ice. Can play both center and wing, which adds to his overall value. Is very effective as both an agitator and penalty-killer.
Flaws: Lacks size at only 5-10, 180 pounds. Isn’t a major scorer, even at lower levels, so he must constantly find his niche at the National Hockey League level. Can wear down if used a little too much in the NHL.
Career potential: Versatile, two-way energy center.
Why You Should Know Who He Is: Back in February, Isles brass decided that Jean-Gabriel Pageau was worth a first-round pick (and two other picks besides), and then they quickly inked their guy to a six-year deal. Pageau was something of a deadline darling on the strength of his offensive production in Ottawa; in 60 games with the Senators this year, JGP put up a career best 24 goals, and almost certainly would have put up his best season as measured by points had things not been cut short. Pageau centers the Isles’ third line, and lit the lamp three times in just four games against the Panthers to help his team qualify. And it’s worth noting hockey does not appear to be his only talent...
How the Caps Can Stop Him: Although he’s got some skill to speak of, Pageau is small in stature, standing 5’10” and weighing 180 pounds. By the numbers, there’s not a guy on the Caps who’s smaller, so conventional wisdom says take the body. Don’t give this guy too much room to operate. His linemates, Derrick Brassard and Leo Komarov, shouldn’t be striking fear into anyone’s hearts.