Born: May 23, 1986 (19)
Weight: 193 pounds
Drafted: Blue Jackets second round pick, 46th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Scored 26-20-46 in 61 games during his rookie QMJHL season for Moncton in 2004-05. He ranked third in the QMJHL in shots on goal and tied for 16th in game-winning goals, while finishing among the league's rookie leaders in most major statistical categories. Pineault also appeared in seven games with Team USA during the World Junior Championships. Prior to entering the QMJHL, he played one season of collegiate hockey at Boston College and two seasons in USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Pineault was the youngest player in NCAA D-I hockey during the 2003-04 season when he recorded 4-4-8 with 32 penalty minutes in 30 games at Boston College.
- A solid two-way power-forward with offensive upside.
- Good NHL size and strength. Willing to play physical and can be nasty if needed. Will take a hit in order to make a play.
- Has a rocket for a shot.
- Skating is adequate, but can improve. Has good speed once he gets going, but his starts and stops need to improve.
Road to the NHL:
He needs to get more experience at the Junior level and improve his consistency. He started last season real strong before "hitting the wall" in the middle of the season. But he seemed to find "a second wind" late in the season. He has the size, disposition, and skill set necessary to develop into a quality NHL forward with the defensive abilities to play on a third line and offensive skills to net 20-plus goals in a season. If his skating improves, there's no reason why he couldn't challenge for a slot on a scoring line. This season will be a good test for him as Moncton is hosting the CHL's Memorial Cup (and therefore gain an automatic slot in the tournament) and he should be selected for a second season with Team USA's World Junior Championship squad, where he'll be looked to provide veteran leadership.