Cedric Paquette 2020-21 Season By The Numbers
- Age: 27
- NHL Seasons: 7
- Scoring: 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points in 47 games (3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points in 38 games with Carolina)
- Advanced Numbers with Carolina: 53.64 CF%, 56.07 SCF%, 41.67 GF%
- Average TOI with Carolina: 8:49 ES, 0:00 PP, 0:18 PK
- Contract Status: Signed 1-year, $950,000 deal with Montreal Canadiens this offseason
An early season acquisition for the Hurricanes, Carolina made a trade with the Ottawa Senators after just 11 games to bring center Cedric Paquette (along with Alex Galchenyuk) to Raleigh in exchange for winger Ryan Dzingel.
With Paquette, the Canes acquired a fourth-line center to play those depth minutes, with Paquette averaging under 10 minutes per game while playing in 38 with the Hurricanes.
The advanced numbers for Paquette were good, with a CF% and SCF% a good chunk over 50 during his time with the Hurricanes. He scored three goals and four assists with Carolina, with two of the goals coming against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
His first game with the Hurricanes came on Feb. 15 in a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he scored his first goal, against the Lightning, three games later in a 4-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champs. Paquette scored early in the final period, making a 2-0 Carolina lead 3-0.
Paquette's first goal as a Cane pic.twitter.com/wLCokCkr6E— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 21, 2021
Paquette went on a two-game goal scoring streak for the Canes in late march, tallying in back-to-back wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Lightning.
Paquette also made big contributions in the final few games of the season with the Canes’ playoff spot locked down, playing over 14 minutes in three of Carolina’s final four games, picking up one assist in those four.
Paquette missed Carolina’s first-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators with injury, but returned to play in four games of the second-round series against the Lightning. He had an assist in the final game, his only point of the playoffs.
As a whole, Paquette came in and offered the Canes some depth that they were expecting from him. He didn’t play significantly on the power play or penalty kill, nor did he put up big numbers on the scoresheet, but he came and played minutes on the bottom line.
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