Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Justin Papineau
Justin Papineau was born January 15, 1980 in Ottawa, Ontario. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2nd round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Papineau re-entered the draft after both sides failed to agree upon a contract agreement.

Taking full advantage of the talented forward's availability were the St. Louis Blues who took Papineau with their 3rd choice, 75th overall selection in the 2000 Entry Draft. Although he's small in stature, Papineau makes up for it with his offensive upside.

A graduate of the Ontario Hockey League's Belleville Bulls, Papineau, a Second All-Rookie Team member in 1996-97, had seasons of 42, 94, 99 and 76 points in his four year career with the Bulls leading his team to the 1999 OHL championship while scoring 21 goals and adding 30 assists for 51 points in only 21 games earning him the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as playoff MVP in the OHL.

Following an impressive OHL career, Papineau joined the Blues AHL affiliate in Worcester in 2000-01. After he finished eleventh in team scoring during his rookie campaign with 29 points, Papineau had a 47 point improvement in his second season with the IceCats finishing with 76 points and earning his first game in the NHL later on that season. Papineau split the 2002-03 season between Worcester and the St. Louis Blues, before having his rights traded to the New Yorkd Islanders at the trading deadline. Upon his arrival with the Islanders organization, Papineau split the rest of the season between the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the parent club before becoming an NHL regular in 2003-04.

In the summer of 2006, Papineau was signed by the New Jersey Devils following parts of three seasons with the New York Islanders. He was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Lowell for his 2006-07 season and spent most of his time as a health reserve. In the off-season, the Ottawa, Ontario native crossed the pond and signed as a free agent in Basel, Switzerland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A 52 31 19 50 51
1996-97 Belleville Bulls OHL 50 10 32 42 32
1997-98 Belleville Bulls OHL 66 41 53 94 34 10 5 9 14 6
1998-99 Belleville Bulls OHL 68 52 47 99 28 +40 21 21 30 51 20
1999-00 Belleville Bulls OHL 60 40 36 76 52 +18 16 4 12 16 16
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 43 7 22 29 33 +6 11 7 3 10 8
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -2
2001-02 Worcester IceCats AHL 75 38 38 76 86 +6 3 1 2 3 4
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 11 2 1 3 0 -1
2002-03 Worcester IceCats AHL 44 21 17 38 42 +2
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 5 1 2 3 4 +1 1 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 5 7 1 8 4 +2 7 1 3 4 7
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 64 8 5 13 8 +4
2004-05 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 59 18 15 33 52 -5
2005-06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 12 6 6 12 12 -5 5 1 3 4 4
2006-07 Lowell Devils AHL 29 12 17 29 24 +7
2007-08 EHC Basel Swiss 41 6 22 28 40 6 1 2 3 2
2008-09 Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg Germany 49 21 34 55 58 10 0 3 3 8
2009-10 Adler Mannheim Germany 51 19 25 44 38 2 1 1 2 0
2010-11 Adler Mannheim Germany 13 4 4 8 6
NHL Totals 81 11 8 19 12 1 0 0 0 0


OHL Playoff MVP (1999) Traded to NY Islanders by St. Louis with St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Jeremy Colliton) in 2003 NHL Draft for Chris Osgood and NY Islanders' 3rd round pick (Konstantin Barulin) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, August 10, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Basel (Swiss), June 21, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Wolfsburg (Germany), April, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Adler Mannheim (Germany), April, 2009.
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