2007-08: A multitude of injuries (burst appendix, concussion and a pair of shoulder problems) significantly hampered Patrice Cormier throughout most of the season. However, he was finally able to fully regain his stride and get his overall game back on track late in the year, which was punctuated with an impressive post-season, in which he led Rimouski in scoring with four goals and nine points in nine games. In the regular season, he scored 18 goals and 23 assists, and posted 84 PIM’s in 51 games. While his draft status was all over the map due to his injuries, New Jersey used one of their two second round draft picks on Cormier.
2008-09: Cormier struggled last season due to injury, however in his third full QMJHL season, he was able to put that rough 2007-08 year behind him and rebound to have a fantastic season for the Rimouski Oceanic. His numbers improved across the board, as he finished fourth in team scoring with 23 goals and 28 assists in 54 games. Cormier earned himself a gold medal on Team Canada’s entry at the World Junior Championship this past winter, where he excelled as a physical, checking-line torpedo. He had a strong playoff for Rimouski, and an even better Memorial Cup performance, as one of the leaders and top players on the team.
2009-10: Fresh of captaining Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, Cormier became a focus for negative attention globally when he threw a vicious elbow into the face of Quebec defender Mikael Tam during a QMJHL game. Cormier was suspended for the remainder of the QMJHL season and made a subdued start to his pro career with a quiet 9 playoff games with the Chicago Wolves of the OHL.
2010-11: Injured while blocking a shot in a preseason game, Cormier missed half the season and eventually made his NHL debut after an 11 game stint in the AHL where he scored twice and added three assists. His 21 games in Atlanta were uneventful, playing on the fourth line, and his only NHL goal came on the losing side of a blowout at home to Toronto.
2011-12: Cormier played in nine NHL games for the Jets; spending most of the season with Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate St. John’s. Re-called from the IceCaps at the end of December, he played six games before returning to St. John’s and returned to the Jets for three games in April. He was plus-one with no points; averaging 6:21 minutes of ice time with Winnipeg. Cormier was second in goals (18) and penalty minutes (75) for St. John’s and had 15 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus in 56 games. The IceCaps finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Cormier scored 3 goals and was minus-two with 12 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.
2012-13: Cormier was called up in March and appeared in ten games with the Jets in his third pro season; spending most of the season with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s. He had no points and was -3 for Winnipeg with 7 penalty minutes; averaging just under four minutes of ice time per game. Cormier missed nearly two months while recovering from knee surgery and in 35 games with St. John’s he scored 7 goals with 4 assists and was -6 with 69 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division. Cormier was re-signed by the Jets as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract in July 2013.
2013-14: Cormier appeared in nine NHL games with the Jets during three separate call-ups in his fourth pro season and skated for the club’s AHL affiliate St. John’s. He had 3 assists and was plus-2 with 7 penalty minutes, averaging seven minutes of ice time, with Winnipeg. Cormier played 61 regular season games for St. John’s — scoring 9 goals with 17 assists — and was minus-2 with 98 penalty minutes. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals. Cormier scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was plus-4 with 22 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He was re-signed by the Jets as a restricted free agent to a one-year two-way contract in July 2014.
Cormier has a very intriguing package of skills. He is a big player with the ability to play a power-type game but also has some offensive creativity to his game. Viewed as a high profile player coming out of junior hockey, injuries have slowed his development. Cormier has good hockey sense and an above average shot. He forechecks aggressively, throwing his weight around and will power his way to the front of the net with the puck to create offense. While it doesn't look like he'll be a premier player at the NHL level, his hard work at both ends of the rink and determination after suffering several setbacks make him a desirable presence in the locker room.
Cormier received a scare during the pre-season with the Jets, suffering an eye injury. Now healthy he is back with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's to start his fifth pro season in 2014-15. Cormier has skated in 49 NHL games, including 21 games for the Thrashers in 2010-11, but has not yet been able to stick at the NHL level on a regular basis. He continues to be a consistent scorer at the AHL level and his size and strength make him well-suited to fill in for an NHL club on an emergency basis. At this point whether he can achieve more that in his career is uncertain.