2004-05: Jonathan Sigalet had a rather emotional year after his older brother and teammate Jordan Sigalet (BOS) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and went public with his battle back in December. The younger Sigalet, despite struggles to come to terms with his older brother’s affliction, put together an outstanding season with Bowling Green. He helped lead the Falcons to a fifth place finish in the CCHA, which also earned them home-ice advantage in the opening round of the conference playoffs for the first time in a decade. Sigalet finished with 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in 35 appearances for the Falcons this season. At the team’s season-ending awards ceremony, Sigalet was the recipient of Bowling Green’s Jack Gregory Award, which recognizes the team’s top scholar-athlete. After he was drafted by the Bruins in 2005, Sigalet decided to leave college early to pursue his professional career.
2005-06: Completed his first pro season playing for the Providence Bruins with 59 penalty minutes and was the top scoring defenseman on the team with 36 points (9 goals, 27 assists) in 75 games. Of his nine goals, four came on the power play, two were game-winning, and two were first goals. He was also tied with Providence captain Jay Leach with the highest plus/minus for a defenseman on the team at +12.
2006-07: Sigalet had returned to the lineup in the fall, both stronger and with added bulk, which, combined with the previous year’s experience, made him a much more poised, confident and consistent performer. He appeared in a total 50 games for the total season and tallied a total 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists). Unfortunately, an injury and subsequent surgery would take him out for the remainder of the season. He did, however, get in one game at the NHL level, and is expected to be ready to play by next season.
2007-08: Sigalet had another solid year. He took a slight step backwards in terms of production, and played a less important role for Providence than he had in the previous two seasons. Sigalet was not used on the top power play unit the way he had been in previous seasons. He had been passed over by several other defense prospects in the Bruins’ system during his three year stint in Providence. Ergo the Bruins decided to move him in exchange for a forward during the off-season.
Talent AnalysisSigalet combines exceptional skating ability with a tremendous understanding of the game. He is immensely smart, possesses great on-ice vision, and makes very good decisions. Sigalet is quite good at both ends of the ice. He is solid in the defensive zone and has great offensive abilities as well. He has very good passing skills and has no trouble getting pucks to the net. The biggest knock on Sigalet is his thin frame and body strength. As he matures and grows into his body, both should vastly improve.