Danick Paquette was traded to the Washington Capitals organization last week from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Eric Fehr. The deal was a salary dump for George McPhee's club, but with only a mid-round pick and Paquette coming back, Caps fans were at least a little bit intrigued to see what real life player they got in return for Fehr.
As it turns out, he's not much of a hockey player. More of a... well, we'll let you decide what you think of him. Here's a quote today from Paquette, as relayed by Washington Times Capitals writer Steve Whyno.
Danick Paquette: "I'm a pretty dirty player ... like Matt Cooke." Enjoy, Caps, Bears fans.
The stats prove it, too. In three seasons with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL, Paquette put up 550 penalty minutes in just 187 regular season games. That's an average of nearly three penalty minutes per game. In the postseason, it's even worse: in those three seasons in the Q, Paquette put up 73 penalty minutes in just 21 games.
Don't blame the team, either. In 2009-10 with the Quebec Remparts of the Q, Paquette had 136 PIM in 64 regular season games. It's continued into his still-young professional career, as well. Last year with Gwinnett of the ECHL, he had 179 penalty minutes in 59 games, and somehow still found the time to score 13 goals.
Matt Cooke is actually a capable NHL player who can contribute offensively, and if Paquette's numbers are accurate, he can potentially be that kind of player as well. He did score 36 goals in his final year of Major Junior hockey, after all.
But uh, seriously man... that's not the guy you wanna be compared with.
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