TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Cedric Paquette from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Paquette will wear number 54.
Paquette, 20, has played in 70 games in his rookie season with the Crunch, posting 20 goals and 44 points to go along with 153 penalty minutes. He leads all Crunch skaters for goals and ranks tied for first on the team with two shorthanded tallies. Paquette ranks fourth in the AHL among rookies for penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 203-pound center has recorded four goals and three assist over his past six games with the Crunch.
The Gaspe, Quebec native skated in 126 career QMJHL games over two seasons with Blainville-Boisbriand, recording 58 goals and 131 points. He recorded career-highs for assists (56) and points (83) during the 2012-13 season.
Paquette was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 101st overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.