NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
It's not often a player goes from Stanley Cup Playoff hero to training camp longshot during the course of a summer, but that accurately would describe the path Jean-Gabriel Pageau has taken since last spring.
A year ago the Ottawa Senators were trying to decide what to do with Pageau, and every option was considered: Back to junior for an overage season, to the ECHL or the American Hockey League. Playing in the NHL with the Senators would require an extraordinary set of circumstances coming to fruition.
But then Pageau began to shine with Ottawa's AHL club, the Binghamton Senators, and when a rash of injuries hit the big club, he was the most deserving player for a call-up.