He was then re-selected in the 3rd round, #75 overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft when the Kings were unable to sign him to a contract within the two year deadline and retain his rights. It was reported that negotiations between the team's front office and Papineau broke down at least partially due to the involvement an overbearing agent demanding a huge entry contract.
Papineau has played 81 career NHL games for the Blues and New York Islanders, scoring 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points.
- 1998-99 Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (Playoff MVP in the Ontario Hockey League
- 2001-02 Willie Marshall Award (leading goal scorer in the American Hockey League)
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