Paquette, Cedric

Prospect of the Week: December 3, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

This week’s winner made people remove their chapeaus and toss them onto a sheet of frozen water to delay a sporting match.

The Prospect of the Week for December 3 is … Cedric Paquette, center, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL – Canada)

Paquette started the year off on the wrong foot when he would frequently retaliate to opposing players’ efforts to get under his skin. The final straw for the coaching staff was when the 6-1, 200-pound center took a bad penalty away from the play in the closing minutes of a tie game, resulting in an Armada loss. The team suspended Paquette for one game and removed his alternate captain’s letter from his jersey.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-2-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 7 (OT)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 27 GP, 13-22-35, +13, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) had his first hat trick of the season, and completed a 5-point weekend, but his Armada fell in overtime to the Volts, 7-6. Drummondville scored on the power play in overtime after Paquette’s 13th goal of the season tied the game with just over six minutes left in the third period. Paquette scored once in each period of regulation. He has a 4-game point streak and has registered at least a point in 10 of his last 12 games. The hat trick was his first since the playoffs last April against Rimouski.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak is now at eight games. He had an assist in the Foreurs’ 6-2 win over the defending Memorial Cup champs. Vincent Dunn (2014) had a hat trick for Val-d’Or, who spotted Shawinigan two goals before scoring their six. Sergeev’s streak is tied for the third-longest current streak in the QMJHL.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-10-12, -5, 26 PIM

Brampton won its second-straight game and seventh in its past 10 games, downing visiting Kingston, 4-1. After a hot streak, Blujus is scoreless in his last five games. Backup goaltender Brandon Hope stopped 42 of 45 shots and all three shootout attempts he faced to win the game’s first star award for the Attack.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 29 PIM

After starting the season with a point in just four of his first 23 games, Jake Dotchin has hit the scoresheet in three of his last four contests. Solid in his own end of the ice, if Dotchin is able to develop his offensive game at this level, look out.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-30-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Quebec Remparts 1

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

After starting the year with at least a point in his first eight games, Nikita Kucherov is scoreless in his last two contests. He and his Huskies had a satisfying win on Friday when Kucherov’s new team beat his old team, 4-1. Kucherov was traded from Quebec after a decision was made to sit Kucherov as an “extra” import player. A trade was worked out to benefit both teams. On Friday, the team with Kucherov scored three times in the third period to claim victory.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) had two assists for the second-straight game as the Armada beat the Drakkar, 5-2, on Friday night. Paquette was just 3 of 15 on faceoffs in the game. He is obliterating his career high for assists in a season. His previous high was 17 in 63 games, though he did have 31 goals with those 17 assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 29 PIM

Jake Dotchin registered a point for the second-straight game when he scored his second goal of the season. The 6’3” 222-pound defensive-defenseman is within one goal of his career high of three goals set last season.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 22 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-31-33, +10, 56 PIM

Both Lightning prospects were scoreless on Friday night during Guelph’s 3-2 win over visiting Brampton. Guelph outshot the Battalion, 34-19.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-25-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-19-29, +9, 50 PIM

Tommy Giroux (undrafted) had a hat trick and Cedric Paquette had two assists to lead the Armada to a 5-2 win over Gatineau. Blainville-Boisbriand only allowed 13 shots in the game.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Brampton Battalion 0

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 22 PIM

Sudbury’s Joel Vienneau (undrafted) stopped 34 shots as the Wolves shut out Brampton, 2-0. This was not a good loss for the Battalion, who were eight points ahead of last-place Sudbury when the game started.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Mississauga Steelheads 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-5-6, E, 29 PIM

Jake Dotchin (pictured) returned to the Attack lineup after missing time for a fighting incident. With six points in 24 games, he’s on about the same pace as last year when he finished with three goals and 19 points in 64 games. With its two points, Owen Sound pulled within one point of Midwest Division-leading London.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-23-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-8-12, +1, 2 PIM
With R-N: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov (pictured – RN Huskies photo) made his debut for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies after being traded on Wednesday by Quebec. Kucherov had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games. He played on the Huskies’ second line with Maxime St-Cyr (undrafted) and Mathieu Lemay (2013). St-Cyr has 14 goals (14-6-20) in 23 games this year; Lemay has six (6-10-16). After averaging two shots per game for Quebec, Kucherov tied for the team lead with six shots on goal on Friday night. Alexandre Belanger (2013) had a 25-save shutout for Rouyn-Noranda.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-17-27, +8, 50 PIM

Cedric Paquette has been making news lately for the right reasons. Earlier this year he was suspended by the team for one game for taking an ill-advised retaliation penalty late in a game that cost the Armada a win. He was stripped of his alternate captain’s A and told to control his emotions. He has responded nicely, reportedly, and told the local papers that he is still a leader on the club without a letter. On Friday, he had an assist in Etienne Marcoux’s 16-save shutout of the Olympiques.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-13-18, +5, 16 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak increased to four games with an assist Friday night in a home loss to the Titan. He led the team in hits with five.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-10-12, -8, 20 PIM

Kristoff Kontos, son of Lightning record-holder Chris Kontos, had a goal and an assist and was named first star as the Steelheads topped the Battalion, 5-2. Brampton was coming off a big road win over Barrie on Thursday night. Chris Kontos holds the record for most goals in a game by a Lightning player with four, set in the franchise’s inaugural game against Chicago, won 7-4 by the Bolts. Kristoff Kontos went undrafted this past summer. He has five goals and 15 points in 25 games this year for Mississauga.

Erie Otters 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-28-30, +7, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard was on the ice for both of Erie’s goals, but Guelph pulled off a comeback win at home on Friday night, 3-2. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) had two goals for the Storm.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ London Knights 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-15-18, -15, 20 PIM

Peterborough kept it close, but lost to London at the Labatt’s Center, 2-0. Illinois-native Alex Broadhurst (Blackhawks) scored both goals for London.

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