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By: Mark Allred Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Boston Bruins prospect Cedric Pare has mostly been used as a bottom-six forward since he joined the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs after the team selected him in the first-round in the QMJHL’s Entry Draft in 2015. The 6′-3″ 205-pound center from Pintendre, Quebec hasn’t exactly ripped up the stat sheet offensively in his 100 career games with the Sea Dogs but his game for those who follow him closely and not base an opinion solely on point production, his development has been progressing nicely.
#QMJHL: The rout is on as Daniel Hardie feeds Boston Bruins prospect Cedric Pare for another PPG. Four-point nights for Hardie (3g, 1a), Pare (2g, 2a) and Radim Salda (4a) as Saint John leads Halifax 6-2 late in 3rd. pic.twitter.com/AdwVR4ReWf
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) November 18, 2017
Pare was selected in the sixth-round of the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Bruins as the team not only adds to the future depth of the organization but also taking a chance on finding that gem in later rounds. Earlier this month on December 8th the Sea Dogs traded talented 17-year-old and 2018 NHL Draft eligible Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for three first-round picks as stated by prospect Guru Jeff Marek’s tweet below.
The three first rounders in the Veleno deal are from Gatineau (2018), Blainville (2019) and Drummondville (2020) which means the Sea Dogs may end up with two lottery picks in the Q draft this season. Makes a rebuild quicker.
— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) December 9, 2017
With the departure of Veleno, it created a position at the top-six of the Sea Dogs lineup and with the hard work and determination to be a better player every game Pare’s played, it’s hard not to look at that when evaluating a roster. With increasing trust in Cedric, first-year Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon has noticed the effort in Pare’s game and has installed the trust in moving him up to a more prominent role in his development as the team’s top line center. In Pare’s first full QMJHL season he posted 16 points (5-11-16) in 64 games and this season up to the December 8th Veleno trade, playing on the bottom-six posted 7-6-13 numbers in 28 games but since the trade and coach Dixon’s line shuffle, Pare is currently on a 2017-18 season high three-game point streak posting 1-3-4 numbers in that time frame.
#QMJHL: Sea Dogs tie it on the PP as RW Ostap Safin (EDM 4th/2017) and LHD Radim Salda (Ranked No. 39-OA) both thread the needle and LW Cedric Pare (BOS 6th/2017) hammers it home. Joe Veleno doesn’t get an assist but his zone entry made it happen. pic.twitter.com/qEOBsa9zHB
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) November 17, 2017
Quotes below are from friend and Rogers TV Colour Analyst / New Brunswick Regional Scout of the QMJHL Craig Eagles in his recent article about Pare and his new role with the Sea Dogs club. Craig’s fantastic article about Pare can be seen by clicking here.
“Cedric has had a strong daily focus on developing to be a pro and coming to the rink with a purpose of making himself better both on and off the ice,” said Saint John Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon.
“Cedric’s game has developed tremendously thus far and it is this focus on striving for excellence on a daily basis that has kept him positive through the highs and lows of the season,” explained Dixon.
“Cedric leads by example through his drive to be a pro and his excellent daily habits and routines,” said Dixon. “He pushes the bar of self-expectations higher each day and pulls his teammates up to the same level he demands of himself,” Dixon said.
“Cedric is a strong skater up and down the ice and is very effective in front of the net both screening and for deflections. He is one of the top faceoff men in the league, has a pro shot,” Dixon said.
“Cedric can be an effective third line player who takes big face-offs in all situations, gets special team minutes net front on the 2nd PP and can be a reliable penalty killer as well,” explained Dixon.
— Craig Eagles (@Eags37) December 16, 2017
Craig also had the opportunity to interview the sixth-round selection of the Bruins and the below quotes are also from the mentioned article above and spoke highly of his new head coach and direction he’s installed in Pare’s continued development.
“Josh is a good person, he has helped me to become a better leader off the ice, and he has given me the opportunity to play a lot of big minutes,” Pare said.
“The Bruins text me sometimes to make sure everything is normal, they gave me some points to keep working on, and on occasion have watched me play,” Pare said.
This season Cedric has 8-9-17 numbers in 31 games played and will be a significant piece in the rebuild of this Sea Dogs team in the next few seasons to get back to the top of the QMJHL as they did in the 2016-17 season as the top team in the league with a 48-14-1 record and President’s Cup Champions.
Pare looks to add to his current point streak as his 9-19-4-2 Sea Dogs are back in action tonight when they host the 20-11-1-0 Charlottetown Islanders from Harbour Station Arena in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Puck drops at 7pm AST.