Report: Islanders Acquire Jean-Gabriel Pageau From Senators For Conditional First, Second, Third Round Picks

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the New York Islanders acquired center Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for conditional first-round (2020), second-round (2020), and third-round picks (2022) on Monday morning leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. The Islanders announced after the deal that they have signed Pageau to a six-year contract that reportedly carries a cap hit of $5 million.

His contract includes a full no-trade clause for the first two seasons and a partial one beyond that.

In 60 games this season, the 27-year-old has posted 24 goals, 40 points, and a +10 rating. He currently leads the Senators in all of those categories. In 428 career NHL games, all with the Senators, Pageau has posted 87 goals, 182 points, and a +16 rating.

In 35 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Pageau has recorded 12 goals, 16 points, and a +8 rating. He helped the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2017, where they lost in double overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins, with eight goals, 10 points, and a +5 rating. That included a four-goal game in Game 2 of the second round against the New York Rangers.

With the addition of Pageau, the Islanders add some much-needed help upfront to an offense that ranks 22nd in the NHL with an average of 2.84 goals-per-game and a power-play that’s also 22nd with a 17.5% efficiency.

Pageau will likely slot in as the third-line center behind Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson.

While averaging 19:18 worth of ice-time per game, including 1:39 on the power-play and 2:20 on the penalty-kill, Pageau has recorded 48 blocked shots, 116 hits, 29 takeaways, and 24 giveaways with the Senators this season.

The Islanders currently occupy the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 76 points, two ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, who are tied for the second. Though, they are 19-16-4 since a franchise-record 17-game point streak (15-0-2) ended in November. They have won their past two games after a historically bad four-game road-trip where they lost all four in regulation by a combined score of 11-2.

The Senators continue to rebuild and get a massive return of draft picks for their future. They currently have the second-fewest points in the Eastern Conference with 53 points and will all but certainly miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third year in a row.

The Islanders also added defenseman Andy Greene in a trade with the New Jersey Devils that sent a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and defenseman David Quenneville across the Hudson River last weekend.

Pageau was selected by the Senators in the fourth-round (96th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

By Harrison Brown

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