The New York Islanders made a splash at the 2019-20 trade deadline, as they acquired center Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third-round pick in 2022. Pageau signed a six-year contract extension with the team on Monday afternoon.
Get to know the newest member of the New York Islanders.
HE'S HAVING A CAREER-BEST SEASON
Though the Senators currently sit in 29th place in the NHL, Pageau is in the midst of a career-best season.
Through 60 games, Pageau has already set a new career-high with 24 goals including, four power-play goals. Pageau's 40 points are three shy of his career high, recorded in 2015-16.
HE HAS POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
The 27-year-old reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times (2013, 2015 and 2017) with the Senators. Through 35 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Pageau has compiled 16 points (12G, 4A).
During the Senators run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2017, Pageau registered 10 points (8G, 2A) through 19 games.
HE SIGNED A SIX-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
After being acquired by the Islanders on Monday morning, the pending unrestricted free-agent signed a six-year contract extension with the team.
HE'S FROM OTTAWA
Pageau was born in Ottawa, Ontario and was raised in the neighboring area of Hull, Quebec. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound center was drafted in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by his hometown team.
Through 428-career games over eight seasons with the Senators, the right-shot center has amassed 182 points (87G, 95A).
HE PLAYED JUNIOR HOCKEY IN THE QMJHL
Pageau played youth hockey in the Quebec area and went on to play junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Pageau spent three seasons from 2009-11 with the Gatineau Olympiques, where he amassed 149-career points (71G, 78A) in 152 games. Pageau finished his QMJHL career with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, where he tallied 26 points (9G, 17A) in 23 games. Chicoutimi and Pageau would go on to the semifinals of the Q, where the forward posted 13 points (4G, 9A) through 16 games.
HE USED TO BE TEAMMATES WITH BRASSARD
Pageau has spent his entire NHL career with the Senators and will now reunite with former Sens teammate and fellow French-Canadian Derick Brassard on the Isles.
Pageau and Brassard, who both grew up in Hull, played two seasons together from 2016-18.
HE PLAYED WITH FIVE ISLES AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
There's familiarity in the Isles lineup for Pageau, who will be reunited with former members of Team Canada's 2017-18 World Championship roster: Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Anthony Beauvillier and Ryan Pulock.
During that 10-game run and fourth-place finish, Pageau scored one goal and compiled three assists.