Perreault in October 2014.
January 5, 1988 |
Drummondville, QC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft||177th overall, 2006
Mathieu Perreault (born January 5, 1988) is a Canadian ice hockey centre for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL, and, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga.
Perrault was drafted in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. After an injury to Alexander Ovechkin and several other Capitals forwards, Perreault was recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut on November 4, 2009, against the New Jersey Devils and recorded two assists 10:30 of ice time. He became the fifth player from the Capitals' 2006 NHL Entry Draft selections to play in the NHL. In the third game of his call up, Perreault scored his first NHL goal, which came in the third period against Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center. The goal proved to be the spark that the Capitals needed after being down 3–2; the team ended up winning 7–4.
On July 13, 2011, Perreault signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals. After two seasons bouncing back and forth between the AHL and NHL, Perreault made the Capitals' opening night roster out of training camp for the first time in 2011. Perreault recorded his first NHL hat trick on January 24, 2012, against Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins in Washington's 5–3 victory.
Perreault was traded from the Capitals to the Anaheim Ducks on September 29, 2013, in exchange for winger John Mitchell and a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In his one season with the Ducks, he registered 43 points in 69 games played, as Anaheim opted not to sign Perrault following the expiry of his contract. On July 1, 2014, Perrault signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets. On January 13, 2015, Perreault scored four goals in an 8–2 Winnipeg home rout of the Florida Panthers. It marked the first time a Jet scored four goals in one game the since the franchise relocated from Atlanta. (Ilya Kovalchuk was the last Thrasher/Jet to accomplish the feat, on November 11, 2005.)
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