Bruins Prospect Pare Is Off To A Great Start With New Team

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Boston Bruins prospect forward Cedric Pare has certainly been through the trials and tribulations when it comes to the roller coaster ride of developmental hockey in the Canadian Major Junior Leagues. A former first-round selection of the QMJHL  Saint John Sea Dogs as a rookie in the 2016-17 campaign he along with talented teammates such as B’s defensive prospect Jakub Zboril, along with blueliner Thomas Chabot and forward Joe Veleno had an outstanding regular season to set themselves up to be serious players for a long playoff run.

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After that successful regular season (2016-17) that captured 102 points in the 68 games, Pare and his Sea Dogs team would also have the energy and the will to truck through the 2017 playoffs. The Sea Dogs swept the Rimouski Oceanic in the first-round best-of-seven, swept the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the second-round best-of-seven, lost two games to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in that best-of-seven, to sweeping the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the Conference final to capture the Presidents Trophy as the QMJHL Champions. With the league championship in hand, Cedric and Saint John organization punched their ticket to the 2017 Memorial Cup making it to the semifinal game after having a 1-2 record in the previous round-robin tournament.

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The Sea Dogs just couldn’t keep up with the better-skilled Otters club, losing 6-3, sending the team home after a noble effort. The 2017-18 season where many thought the Sea Dogs club could possibly come close to having the similar success of the year prior came back to earth when the team finished last place on the whole earning 39 points in 68 games. For Cedric, it was tough to see so many talented players that he got along with leave the organization, but he had the mindset to stay focused and work harder as he earned a top-six role with departing talent. Although the team struggled for the rest of the season, and six players traded away including talented forward and 2018 NHL Red Wings draft pick Joe Veleno, the Sea Dogs were in a rebuilding and it was just a matter of time before Pare — one of the highest players of value on the team — was to be moved as well.

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On June 1, it became official that Pare was in fact traded as the Sea Dogs continued to look for future sustainability through upcoming drafts and rebuild the squad properly to be back in contention as one of the best teams on the “Q” for years to come. Cedric was traded to the Rimouski Oceanic, who already were building up for something good and after the Bruins released him from NHL training camp on Sept. 19, he went to his new junior team with a mindset of a fresh start without sulking or a failed attitude. The Bruins sixth-round selection in 2017 instead went into the 2018-19 season on a mission to not only impress new fans and management in Rimouski but also make a statement in his development showing that he deserves a roster spot next season as he’ll be eligible to play in the American Hockey League full time as he’ll turn 20 in January of 2019.

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I strongly believe Pare is in a better place to succeed with the Oceanic club, and he’s certainly on pace to have a better year offensively than he did with the Sea Dogs. Last season the 6-foot-3, 210-pound center in his second full season in the QMJHL had 13-24-37 numbers in 60 games which offensively speaking was doubled from his rookie season in 2016-17 when he contributed 16 points in 64 games. What sticks out to me this season above previous years is his start and determination with his new team. Players can be streaky, but if you watch his game this season, he just looks different and engaging in all different scenarios. For instance, if you look at his year-to-year stats, he had one point in his first eight games in his rookie season, two points in his first eight games in his second season to this year with a new Oceanic team having eight points in his first seven games.

Unfortunately, Cedric snapped his longest point streak of the season tonight but as humble as a player he is I’ll bet from interacting with him over the last two development camps and rookie camps he’s more happy with the big Canadian Thanksgiving win today. Pare and the Oceanic beat the Shawinigan Cataractes by the score of 8-1 on the road and get back on the ice on Wednesday night October 10th at home against Chicoutimi and Saturday night Oct. 13 to round out the week again at home against Cape Breton.

Report: Bruins Prospect Cedric Pare Is Heading To Providence

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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Reports out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Seas Dogs organization is Boston Bruins prospect and Sea Dogs forward Cedric Pare is heading to the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season. With Saint John’s 2017-18 regular season ending on March 17th, 2018, the 2017 sixth-round selection became available to join the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Bruins in the AHL.

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Pare is a 19-year-old and is ineligible to play in the AHL on a permanent basis per CHL/NHL agreement stating any player under the age of 20 either has to sign a full-time NHL contract or be returned to his Major Junior team. The Pintendre, Quebec native, has yet to sign an Entry-Level contract, so his movement up to the minor-pro level means he will likely not get into any of the 12 remaining regular-season games with Providence or upcoming Calder Cup playoffs.  His level up, for the time being, is likely a move to keep him practicing and staying in shape while being surrounded in a professional atmosphere. If an injury happens to a player on the current Providence Bruins roster, he could be an asset and ready to play, but that remains to be seen of course.

The reason why I’m optimistic on Pare playing in any games with his stay around the Baby B’s is the fact that  2015 first-round selection Zach Senyshyn joined Providence after his commitment to his former OHL’s Ste. Marie Greyhounds was over Zach appeared in zero regular-season games in the Spring of 2017. He did, in fact, get involved in four post-season games in the playoffs with Providence but that was due to an injury to fellow prospect and fellow right-winger Peter Cehlarik and although played decent he didn’t contribute on the stat sheet.

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The 6′-3″ 205-pound center finished his 2017-18 campaign and second full season in the QMJHL with 13-24-37 totals and career 54 points in 129 games. Playing most of his “Q” career as a bottom-six player, he was forced into a higher role on the team when the Sea Dogs traded Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for a significant amount of draft picks seemingly setting up for a Saint John’s rebuild. After the Veleno trade in December of 2017, Sea Dogs first-year Head Coach Josh Dixon had confidence and knew what type of leader and player Pare would be with an increased role as a top-six forward and special teams member for the remainder of the season.

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Unfortunately, the Sea Dogs had a disappointing 2017-18 season only posting 14 victories in 68 games ending up in the last position tied with the Shawinigan Cataractes with 39 points. With a boat-load of draft picks coming up for the Sea Dogs and their additions moving forward, the return of Pare to the “Q” and said leadership will be a valued asset to both him as a developing player and Sea Dogs organization who won the President’s Trophy as the best club in the 2016-17 season and a right to represent the QMJHL in the 2017 Memorial Cup  that was held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

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Below are some recent Saint John Sea Dogs game highlights and a few of Bruins prospect Cedric Pare’s better games last season.

 

Bruins Prospect Pare Continues Point Streak

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By: Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs are not exactly having the best season thus far in the 2017-18 campaign and are currently ranked second to last in points with 29 in 37 games played and were forced to make a drastic decision for the sustainability of the franchise’s future. One move that changed the face of the club was the trade earlier in December of 2017 that sent 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft eligible Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for a plethora of future first-round draft picks to rebuild the team in an effort to return someday as the leagues best and Presidents Cup Champions status they claimed only a season ago.

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With moves like this, it creates opportunities for others currently on the Sea Dogs team such as Boston Bruins forward prospect Cedric Pare who went from playing in a bottom-six role to finding himself as a first-line center and reaping the benefits of his promotion. Pare was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft held in Chicago, Illinois and even though he was a late round gamble to an NHL Bruins franchise continuing to build from developing within.

As a bottom-six role player, the 6′-2″ 201-pound Pare didn’t exactly rip it up offensively before his promotion to the top line only contributing 7-6-13 numbers in 28 games but since the Veleno trade went down on December 8,2017, he’s put together a six-game point streak with 2-7-9 in that timeframe, and gaining major trust from first-year Sea dogs bench boss Josh Dixon. Pare has not only earned his new role as a second-year player in one of Canada’s top-three Junior leagues, but he’s also earned more time on the power-play with six of his career-high nine goals coming on the man advantage.  This year Cedric has 9-13-22 numbers in 34 games played.

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Below are the highlights of his last game on Friday night December 29, 2017, where he earned an assist to bring his 2017-18 season and career-high point streak to where it is today.

The 11-19-5-2 Sea Dogs are currently on a three-game winning streak and get back on the ice when Pare and his teammates travel to face the 15-16-3-3 Moncton Wildcats for the second time in three days. Puck drops from the Moncton Coliseum this afternoon at 2pm.

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Bruins Prospect Pare Is Enjoying New Role

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.