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Draft Day Surprise With A French Twist

Saturday, 06.27.2009 / 12:03 AM ET / Draft History
By David Droschak
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The 2009 NHL Draft went according to script most of the night, and there was just one big trade (Chris Pronger heading to Philly) until the Carolina Hurricanes’ brass took center stage.

If there was a team that appeared to go “off the board” with its first-round pick – close to four hours into the drawn-out proceedings -- it was the Canes, who took Quebec Junior League forward Philippe Paradis with the 27th overall selection.

Paradis is pure French Canadian and admitted he knows little, if anything, about North Carolina. Forget ordering some BBQ with hush puppies for awhile. That probably won’t go so well when he gets to camp in a few months.  

However, Paradis does know something about the Canes, though, saying he watched them in the 2009 playoffs and was glad to land with a solid organization.

The last time the Canes drafted this low as 25th in 2002 and Jim Rutherford landed goalie Cam Ward. Not too shabby for Gentleman Jim.    

Paradis fit a need for the Canes of a forward with size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds – and at just 18 years old – he’s got a few years to fill out. However, 12 other players were ranked ahead of Paradis according TSN when Ron Francis approached the microphone in Montreal and made the selection.

On that “available list” was Landon Ferraro, the son of Ray Ferraro, who Hartford drafted in 1982 and was probably the sentimental favorite among old-time franchise fans. The Canes also passed on 6-3, 205-pound Carter Ashton, who was ranked 20th and is compared to Bill Guerin. Ashton was taken next by Tampa Bay.  

But the Canes and player personal director Tony MacDonald scouted Paradis extensively this season, and had a good interview with him this week, convincing the brass he was the hard-charging forward of the future.

MacDonald liked the teenager’s 96 mph slap shot, his physical play and intensity. It also should be noted that Paradis’ team Shawinigan went to the Quebec Junior League finals, losing in a Game 7, and he plays with a bit of an edge, always a positive for a bigger player.   
Paradis compared his style to former Hart Trophy winner Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames.   

“I’m an intense player with good skill, good speed -- a physical guy. I finish my checks,” said Paradis, who was surprised to go in the first round, saying he believed he would be selected between rounds two and five.

The Canes aren’t noted for delving into young Quebec-area talent through the years, but Rutherford said that hasn’t been by design. And really, after the first 5-10 picks in the NHL Draft, most selections are more personal preference and need than hype and pre-draft rankings.  

“He was the next best player sitting there on our list,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford was also approached several times on the floor seeking to swap picks, and passed, as he did on any trade bait that was left dangling on the draft room floor.

The Carolina GM has said all along he hopes to sign most of his free agents sitting on the fence, especially unrestricted forwards Erik Cole and Chad LaRose.

“I have not been very active here,” Rutherford said. “Our goal has been to bring as much of our team back as we finished the season with. We’ll have a better idea in the next week if LaRose and Cole are going to get signed. If not, I’m going to back off the early part of July because teams pay a premium for those free agents. There will be a lot of players available in August. But I hope we don’t get to that point.”

Day Two of the draft comes fast and furious, and picking at No. 51, the Canes are eyeing a player Rutherford hopes to steal.

“We feel pretty strong about the next two rounds,” Rutherford said. “It’s a pretty deep draft.”
MacDonald’s first draft as the player personnel director landed Zach Boychuk in the first round, who by all indications is going to be a very nice NHL player. Some may view the pick of Paradis as somewhat of a reach at No. 27. The Canes, on the other hand, are looking at a youngster who can fire the puck and isn’t shy about posting up in front of the net. And Paradis will join a group of young forwards Carolina is beginning to stock-pile to eventually help support All-Star Eric Staal.           

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72