The NY Islanders Swiss-Army Knife, J.G. Pageau, became a fan favorite from the very moment he stepped on the ice in an Isles sweater. He's been a Jack of all trades for the Islanders, providing at 5on5, on the power play, killing penalties, and serving as the best faceoff man in the circle and solidified himself as one of the most important players for New York. Pageau has been consistent ever since he was retrieved from Ottawa, and the 2022-23 season was no different.
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NY Islanders 2022-23 player report card: J.G. Pageau
Pageau remained in his third-line role this season that saw a revolving door of wingers after Oliver Wahlstrom sustained a season-ending injury in December. Zach Parise was his most consistent winger but on Pageau's right, he saw a number of different players after Wahlstrom such as Kyle Palmieri, Simon Holmstrom, and Josh Bailey. Regardless, Pageau's line remained difficult to play against at 5on5 as the Islanders' opponent struggled to score, while Pageau's line generated a solid amount of scoring chances. Over 70 games this season, Pageau totaled a 52.10 xGF%, sixth best among Islander skaters.
Pageau's goal totals took a slight dip this season going from 18 goals last season to 13 in 2022-23. However, he scored one extra point (40) in seven less games this season as opposed to his 2021-22 point total. Pageau scored five power play goals, tied for second on the Islanders behind team leaders Brock Nelson and Anders Lee who each scored six.
The postseason wasn't Pageau's brightest moment. In six games, he only managed to register one assist but he did assert himself physically with 16 hits in six games and won 54.9% of faceoffs. Because he replicated his regular season but struggled to find the scoresheet in the playoffs, Pageau gets a B- for a consistent regular season year after year, but a difficult playoffs.