Capitals fans – or Hershey Bears fans – might learn to love Danick Paquette, the tough right wing acquired in the deal for Eric Fehr. But his first introduction might not sit well.
Paquette drilled Adam Mitchell with a blind-side hit in a development camp scrimmage on Thursday and was not only unapologetic about it later – he compared himself to a major NHL villain.
“I’m a pretty dirty player,” Paquette said. “I did my job, like Matt Cooke.”
Paquette, who had 179 penalty minutes in 59 ECHL games last year with the Gwinnett Gladiators. In his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career – 251 games – the 20-year-old had 691 penalty minutes.
His hit on Mitchell Thursday morning got him two in the scrimmage to go along with his five-minute major for fighting Scott Wietecha.
“He just asked me and I said, ‘Well, it’s time for me to show what I can do,’ ” Paquette said. “So I think I did a great job.”
Paquette also scored a goal and was more proud of that than his fight because it was part of a win.
And despite the Cooke comparison probably not putting him in good graces out of the gate with Caps fans, Paquette’s play on the ice impressed coach Bruce Boudreau.
“If Colie Campbell was watching it might’ve been a little bit of a dirty hit in the first period, but that’s what he’s gotta be is one of those guys that everybody loves to hate,” Boudreau said. “And he scores a goal, hits a guy with what was a clean hit in the third period and ends up getting into a fight. He did everything what you expect him to do.”