Winnipeg Jets Sign UFA Mathieu Perreault

Mathieu Perreault —

The Winnipeg Jets have signed Anaheim Ducks UFA center Mathieu Perreault to a three-year, nine million dollar contract. 

Position:  C      Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Jan. 5, 1988     Birthplace:  Drummondville, PQ  

Height:  5’10     Weight:  175

Regular Season:

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 69   G: 18   A:  25  Pts: 43  PIM: 36   Plus/Minus:  13

Playoffs:

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 11   G: 2   A:  3  Pts: 5  PIM: 18   Plus/Minus:  na

Selected by: Washington  Round: 6   Overall: 177   Year: 2006 NHL Entry Draft

In 228 career games with Washington and Anaheim, the five-foot-10, 175-pound native of Drummondville, Que., has 51 goals, 62 assists and 106 penalty minutes.

Mathieu Perreault qotes:

On other offers: 

“I had a couple offers but the one from Winnipeg was a better one for me. It’s a great fit.  It’s a Canadian city, a hockey city and coming from Canada, you always dream of playing for a Canadian team.  Coming to Winnipeg, I couldn’t be happier right now.”

On face-offs:

“It’s part of my game that I take a lot of pride in.  Hopefully, it’s something where I can come in and do that for the Jets.”

 

On his game and the Jets:

“I feel like at 26-years-old, after what I’ve been through, I’m at the top of my game right now I feel very good.  I feel I can come in and really help the team.  The Jets are a team that compete and make the playoffs.  They were close last year, close for a couple years.”

From GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:

“He’s someone that put up very good numbers last year.  When you start digging into the little things about his game he’s someone who plays with a lot of energy, he excels on the power-play, he’s really good on the face-offs — which is something we can always improve upon — and he’s someone we believe is still trending upward in his development.  He scores some goals, he makes some plays, he plays with some energy.   We did some background checking on him as a person and everything cam back just glowingly.

You remember how he played with passion coming up through the ranks of the American Hockey League.  This is a player that has earned his right to be here.”

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