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.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-18-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the third straight game. As one of three import players with the Remparts, he is reportedly on the league trading block. Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) and Nick Sorensen (2013) – Quebec’s other import players – had both goals on Sunday.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 50 PIM

Paquette had his 4-game point streak snapped by the Phoenix. He had seven points in those four games.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-12-17, +6, 16 PIM

After a 3-game scoreless streak, Sergeev responded with four points in his next three games. He had two helpers on Sunday to pull within three points of the total he accumulated last year in 46 games (20). His career high is 27 points in 64 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, E, 29 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Blues) had his second-consecutive shutout, stopping 26 Spitfire shots. Jake Dotchin (pictured) was ejected from the game early in the third period for being involved in the second fight to occur during one stoppage of play. The OHL is trying to crack down on anything resembling a line brawl.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-16-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the second straight game, then after the game reports began to surface that Kucherov was on the QMJHL trading block. One reporter said Kucherov had been playing “lazy.” Quebec has three import players and one has to move, though it was assumed Kucherov and his good friend Mikhail Grigorenko would be the ones staying. Nick Sorensen is the other import player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Kucherov was a surprise Import Draft selection because few expected him to be interested in coming to North America. Quebec’s Patrick Roy knew something others didn’t, and having Grigorenko on the Remparts was no doubt a big help in getting that talented Kucherov to North America. Kucherov could choose to return to Russia if he’s not happy with his next playing situation. Stay tuned.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 45 PIM

Marc-Olivier Roy (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Armada in their win over the visiting Volts.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-9-14, +6, 14 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) snapped a 3-game scoreless streak with a goal in New Brunswick. He is within two goals of his career high of seven goals, scored last year in 46 games. Moncton outshot the Foreurs, 42-21, on Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, -9, 20 PIM

Dylan Blujus scored his second goal of the year in a 4-3 win in Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. The Soo had a 2-0 lead entering the second period before the Battalion scored three times in the middle frame. Blujus had seven goals in 66 games last year.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal and two assists for London and was given First Star honors. Griffith and Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov were linemates last year in London. With the win, the Knights leapfrogged the Attack for first in the Midwest Division. They also took over the OHL lead in points by one over Barrie and Owen Sound.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 44 PIM

Tanner Richard had three helpers to regain the OHL assist lead from Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome (Niagara) at 25. Richard has played in two fewer games than Strome, who leads the league with 39 points. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom scored his first of the year for Guelph.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

This was a 3-2 game halfway through the game until the Fronts exploded for a 7-3 win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-15-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-15-25, +8, 45 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) broke out of his 4-game goalless drought in a big way with two goals, an assist, and a First Star award in a 4-2 win over Sherbrooke. Paquette now has six points in his last three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

Koekkoek earned the game’s Third Star for a 1+1 night as the Petes halted their 7-game losing streak with a win over Ottawa. Koekkoek has tied last year’s point total of 18, but in four fewer games. As has been well documented, Koekkoek’s season ended last year after a shoulder injury at the end of November. With the win, the Petes pulled within one point of the 67’s for second-last place in the league.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-11-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to six games to start his North American career. He was the only Rempart to convert his shootout chance, which gave Quebec the victory. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko (pictured), Kucherov’s friend and linemate, had four goals for Quebec.

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-14-22, +7, 45 PIM

The Armada scored 17 goals on Saturday and Sunday, though Cedric Paquette only managed three assists. On Sunday, Danick Martel (2013) had a hat trick for the Armada.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

The Foreurs dropped their second in a row to the Drakkar this weekend. Columbus second rounder Petr Straka had two goals for visitors.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Brampton Battalion 5

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-21-23, +4, 42 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 20 PIM

Tanner Richard was back in the lineup for Guelph after sitting out their last game. The Storm has lost two in a row and they’ve fallen to fourth in the Midwest Division a week after being within reach of first-place Owen Sound. Brampton won their second consecutive game. They are fourth in the Central Division.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-14-16, -16, 18 PIM

Koekkoek had a power play assist, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Petes from losing their seventh game in a row. At 11 points (4-14-2-1), the Petes are three points behind Ottawa in the OHL basement.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-9-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

PEI Rocket 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-5-8, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five games to start his North American career, scoring his third goal of the season. His goal broke a 2-2 tie for Quebec.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-12-20, +7, 45 PIM

Coming off two games against the Russians this week, Paquette earned an assist on Friday night against visiting Moncton. Tommy Giroux (undrafted) had two goals and four points for the Armada.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 18 PIM

Blujus (pictured) earned his sixth point in his last seven games, but fellow Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and the Owen Sound Attack won the game, 5-3. Dotchin, who has two points in his last four games, matched Blujus with an assist.

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-20-22, +5, 40 PIM

Richard was not in the lineup for Sarnia’s 4-2 road win over Guelph. Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had the game-winning goal for the Sting.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 6

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-13-15, -12, 16 PIM

The Petes lost their third in a row after two-straight wins, falling to Erie, 6-3. Slater Koekkoek had two helpers in the game and continues to approach a point-per-game pace on the season. Koekkoek was scoreless and minus-2 on Thursday night for Team OHL against Team Russia.

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