With the regular season winding down, we catch up with Sens centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau and ask him 5 questions about his 2015-16 campaign.
The biggest thing he's learned during his first full NHL season:
That it's hard. It's hard to play 82 games in a year and to be consistent, to play hard everyday and to practice hard everyday. I think that's the main thing...that I got better at but I'm still learning too.
Having set career highs in pretty much every category, the one stat he's most proud of:
Like I've always said, I would trade all these stats to have a spot in the playoffs but the shorthanded goals is something that I take pride in. Killing penalties is always something that I've done and I take pride to play on it. It's fun when you can help the team and score some goals on the PK too.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores his league-leading 6th shorthanded goal of the season against the Montreal Canadiens on March 19th, 2016.
On what signing his two-year, one-way contract back in June of 2015 has meant for him this year:
I'm someone that's really competitive so when I signed that one-way contract I wanted to prove to the organization, the team and my teammates that I deserved that contract. I think that it's a little bit of motivation for me that I can use everyday just to prove to everyone that I deserve that contract and that I deserve my spot on the team.
On the chemistry he has with Zack Smith and Mark Stone:
I remember playing with Mark Stone in the American League and we had good chemistry down there. For me and Smitty, we both have had the same kind of role when we started the season, both checkers and more defensive players, and he's a centre too so when we go back in our zone I think we get out of it pretty quickly. Playing with Mark Stone who is very creative offensively is fun for us too.
His approach for the final two weeks of the regular season:
I think we all just as a group want to finish on a good note in front of our fans. We want to win our last two games here. I think we have 6 games left now and we'll try to win them all. We want to finish on a good note to start next season on a good note too.