Paquette, Cedric

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-22-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

It was a quiet night for both Lightning prospects on the scoresheet as Paquette’s Armada defeated Sergeev’s Foreurs, 3-2. Swiss defenseman Christian Marti (undrafted) scored with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Armada the win.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM

Dotchin had two assists in Owen Sound’s opening night win in Windsor, but couldn’t hit the scoresheet in the Attack’s home opener. He’ll take the win, no doubt. Owen Sound’s Daniel Catenacci (Sabres) had a goal and an assist for First Star honors.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM

Koekkoek went scoreless, but his team earned a big road win in Ottawa, 4-3. Nick Ritchie, who is expected to go in the first round of the 2014 draft, was First Star for Peterborough with a goal.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-21-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits

A 31-goal scorer last year, Paquette had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Armada to a 5-3 road win. The Armada was down 2-1 entering the third period. Paquette’s goal turned out to be the game winner. An alternate captain for the team, Paquette was 17 of 28 on faceoffs and centered the Armada’s top line.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 (SO)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits

Sergeev’s first goal of the year came on the power play and gave Val-d’Or a brief 3-1 lead. He did not participate in the shootout, won by the Foreurs 1-0. Look for a breakout year from Sergeev (pictured) this season.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Brampton Battalion 1 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Blujus earned his first point of the season when he had an assist on Brampton’s only goal, scored on a 5-on-3 power play. He had spent the first half of the double man advantage as the triggerman for the Battalion. Blujus did not participate in the shootout. Listening to the radio broadcast, Blujus seemed to never leave the ice.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Richard had an assist on Andrey Pedan’s (Islanders) power play goal in overtime as Guelph came back from a 3-1 deficit to win their season opener. Leafs second rounder and Guelph captain Matt Finn had three assists for the Storm.

Cedric Paquette


BP Alumni
Gaspe, PQ
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 4 (#101) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Gritty bottom six forward

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$1 650 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$1 650 000
$1 650 000



Paquette, who was undrafted in the junior ranks, completed his 3rd season in midget AAA with the College Notre-Dame Albatros, where he had 28 goals and 55 points in 34 games. Went unranked by NHL CSS and undrafted.

Broke into the QMJHL ranks with Blainville-Boisbriand where he had 31 goals and 48 points in 63 games. Was also arguably their best player in the playoffs with 7 goals and 17 points in 11 games. Was again unranked by NHL CSS but was selected in the 4th round, 101st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"A real Red Line sleeper. Classic late-bloomer is a second year draft eligible who was playing his first season in QMJHL at age 18, and emerged out of nowhere to become Blainville's most important player in their strong playoff run. At times we think of him as a hard-driving power forward with size and physicality who brings an element of toughness that his club had lacked until his arrival. Then at other times he wows us with slick moves and soft hands. What that tells us is he's got a lot of attributes that we're really warming to. Lit the lamp 31 times in the regular season, then added 17 points and 22 PIMs in 11 playoff contests. Dominates down low in the offensive zone with hard forechecking pressure and turns mistakes into scoring chances for himself and linemates.

Projection: Gritty bottom six forward with some skill.
Style compares to: Matthew Lombardi" (Red Line Report)


Tenacious forechecker who dominates below the circles. Surprising puckhandling ability and soft hands.


Second year eligible only played 4 games of major junior before this year. Skating is a question mark.


Checking line center


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Collège Notre-Dame AlbatrosQMAAA45 12 618 34|Playoffs4 0 00
 2009-2010 Collège Notre-Dame AlbatrosQMAAA32 10 1828 83|Playoffs8 5 27 24 
 2010-2011 Collège Notre-Dame AlbatrosQMAAA34 28 2755 102|Playoffs17 5 1116 36 
  Montréal JuniorsQMJHL4 0 00 2|        
 2011-2012 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL63 31 1748 88|Playoffs11 7 1017 22 
 2012-2013 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL63 27 5683 103|Playoffs15 7 512 33 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs3 0 00
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 4|        
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL2 0 11 0|Playoffs4 0 22 16 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL70 20 2444 153|        
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL64 12 719 51|Playoffs24 3 03 28 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL5 4 37 7|        
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL56 6 511 51|Playoffs17 0 11 24 
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL58 4 610 80|        
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL56 5 49 41|Playoffs17 1 12 37 
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL80 13 417 80|Playoffs4 1 01
 2019-2020 Tampa Bay LightningNHL54 6 1016 30|        

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