Ottawa Senators deal Pageau to Islanders, Namestnikov to Avalanche for draft picks

The Ottawa Senators have traded top forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau for draft picks.

Before the NHL’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline Monday, the rebuilding Senators dealt Pageau to the New York Islanders.

Hours later, the Islanders signed Pageau to a six-year extension with an average annual value of US$5 million.

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Pageau, Ottawa’s leading scorer this season with a career-high 24 goals to go along with 16 assists in 60 games, was considered one of the top players potentially available on the market. The Senators received a conditional first-round pick in 2020, a second-round selection in 2020 and a conditional third-rounder in 2022 for the Ottawa native.

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The 2020 pick will slide to 2021 if it falls in the top-3 at June’s draft, while the third-round selection in 2022 will only be heading to the nation’s capital if the Islanders win the Stanley Cup this spring.

A fourth-round selection by Ottawa (96th overall) in 2011, Pageau made his NHL debut during the 2012-13 season. He had 182 points (87 goals, 95 assists) in 428 games with the team.

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The 27-year-old centre added 16 points in 35 playoff games, including eight goals and two assists in 2017 when Ottawa made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Senators also scooped up a pair of draft picks for two pending unrestricted free-agent forwards — a fourth-rounder in 2021 from the Colorado Avalanche for Vladislav Namestnikov and a fifth-rounder in the same draft from the Edmonton Oilers for Tyler Ennis.

The club sent a fourth-round pick and minor-league defenceman Nick Ebert to the New York Rangers to acquire Namestnikov, 27, in October.

Ennis, 30, signed a one-year deal with the Senators over the summer.

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Namestnikov has 13 goals and 25 points in 56 games this season. Ennis, meanwhile, has put up 14 goals and 33 in 61 contests.

Ottawa (20-30-11) currently has the third-worst record in the league, but should have two lottery picks this year — their own and the one acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson trade in September 2018 — and could have as many as 13 selections, including seven in the first two rounds.

With their forward ranks short-handed, the Senators acquired Matthew Peca from the Montreal Canadiens for minor-league centre Aaron Luchuk and a seventh-round pick this year later Monday.

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Peca didn’t have a point in five games with the Canadiens this season. He has four goals and nine assists in 34 games with Laval of the American Hockey League.

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