Want to guess where I was tonight?
Ottawa Senators' historic double-overtime comeback win against the New York Rangers, where they overcame three different two-goal deficits to win thanks to four goals from Jean-Gabriel Pageau, a rare one from Marc Methot and yet another from Mark Stone.
A fourth-round pick (96th overall in 2011) and point-per-game player in the LHJMQ, mostly playing for his hometown Gatineau Olympiques, his strong hockey sense and two-way play has often seen him relegated to shut-down roles, even in his rookie season with the Ottawa Senators. The thinking was the same as the Philadelphia Flyers used with Sean Couturier and the Montréal Canadiens with Lars Eller: start out using his mental assets in refining his game without the puck until he builds enough confidence to produce offensively with it.
The risk in that is those players may never reach their potential as strong, two-way second-line centers because they've been pigeonholed so tightly they got used to playing just one way, and with just one type of winger. Pageau, however, with two playoff hat tricks under his belt at just 24 years of age, is showing signs that he wants to be a big-game player, a franchise centerpiece - and perhaps the Sens are the right team for that, able to ice three offensive lines with Kyle Turris and Derick Brassard ahead of him.
Here he is wearing the Sens' whote (away) uniform, on a beautiful 8x10 picture that he signed in blue sharpie, with his jersey number (44) tagged at the end:
New Jersey Devils.