No, silly, I don't mean Points Per Reception. I mean Prince-Pageau-Ryan. As in our future number 1 line. As in the line that will make us forget all about Dany what'shisname. The line that will set numerous club and league records for points. The line that will take us from perennial playoff pushovers to consistent Stanley Cup champs. Learning the art of the no-look drop pass, and how to go from elite center to angry, out of this world center from Jason Spezza, JG Pageau will be the next big thing to hit Ottawa.
Pageau is already a decent faceoff man, winning 40 of his 82 faceoffs last year. At home, he won 24 of 46, and won 16 of 36 on the road. He's also got the defensive aspect of playing center down, having neutralized the amazing Sidney Crosby in the 2013 playoffs. In 5 games against Ottawa, Crosby scored 4 goals and had 2 assists, was an even rating, and shot at 12.5%, 2.3% lower than his career playoff shooting percentage. In game 2, where Crosby had a hat trick and was a plus-2, Pageau had a goal and was a plus-1, despite matching up against the Pens top line most of the night. JGP was actually even through the entire series, something not many Senators can say, as they were thoroughly man-handled by the speed and skill of the Pittsburgh lineup.
So, he can win faceoffs, and play defense. Can he score? Why don't we ask Carey Price. Now remember- he scored a hat trick, in his 3rd professional playoff game, playing third line minutes, against a goalie who is regarded as one of the best in the league. He scored 2 goals in 9 regular season games, both game winners. His first, in his second game with the big club, was an absolute beauty against Martin Brodeur, the best regular season goalie in NHL history, and a guy who was drafted 2 full years before Pageau was even born. His second just happened to be on Tukka Rask, helping Ottawa defeat the division leading Bruins for the first and only time in the shortened 2013 season.
Pageau has the small, slick, speedy style that you look for in a top line center. He has great vision, good puck moving skills, and a very sneaky shot. With that kind of danger coming at you from the middle, and the laser shots of Bobby Ryan and Shane Prince on his wings, we're about to enter a new era of Ottawa Senators hockey. I'd like to call it the Pagera.