BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tampa Bay went with a familiar name with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, taking Christopher Paquette from Niagara of the OHL.
Christopher Paquette is cousins with current Lightning forward Cedric Paquette, who re-signed a two-year deal with the Bolts on Friday.
The younger Paquette, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound center, said he plays the “exact same game” as his older cousin.
“I follow him,” he said. “I watch every game. Every Tampa game I would watch, try to see what he does, his game.”
Paquette said he’s a two-way, right-handed forward with an edge to his game, although he’s not as much of a fighter as Cedric.
“The defensive zone comes first,” Paquette said.
Paquette notched five goals, 11 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 57 games for Niagara in 2015-16. As a rookie with the IceDogs, he put up 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 54 games.
Paquette is from Kingston, Ontario. Cedric is from Gaspe. The two didn’t grow up together because Christopher’s father is in the military.
“We moved around a lot,” Paquette said.
Paquette’s never seen Cedric play a NHL game in person but is looking forward to getting a closer look in the near future. He also said it was a big weekend for the Paquettes with Cedric inking his new deal yesterday.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “The family up north, I’m sure they’ll be proud.”