Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 06/27/09 at 11:53 AM ET
In the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Hurricanes went “off-board”, selecting a player that nobody really expected to go in the first round. With Carter Ashton, Zach Budish and Landon Ferraro still available, the Hurricanes selected center/left wing Philippe Paradis from the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. This is an unusual pick in a number of ways, not the least of which is that he’s French-Canadian.
While the Hurricanes are disposed to pick North American players in the first round, they very seldomly pick a player from La Belle Province. In fact, the Hurricanes have never selected a Quebeccer in the first round. The Whale drafted J-S Giguere 13th overall in 1995
Paradis helps to fill one of Carolina’s needs, which is size. Jim Rutherford made it known that the Hurricanes were going to get a player with some size this weekend, whether through the draft or via trade. Paradis stands 6’2” and is 195 pounds, but he’s just 18 years old and will probably fill out (and possibly grow) some more. He registered 50 (19/31) points in 64 regular season games for the Cataractes this season. He also had 12 (6/6) points in 21 postseason games, going to the finals of the President Cup playoffs.
Paradis will remain with his junior team for probably two seasons, then make the move either to the AHL or to the Hurricanes.
Paradis compares himself to Jarome Iginla. Quite a lofty self-comparison, but I think they all tend to do that.
“My style is like Jarome Iginla — an intense player with good skill, good speed, a physical guy. I finish my checks.”
One thing that has impressed the Canes scouts is his hard shot. He had the hardest shot in the CHL, registered at 95.7 mph.
This isn’t the pick Canes fans were expecting, but it does address the need for size, and in a couple of years, we’ll see how good he is.
As an aside, the Hurricanes recently signed Paradis’ teammate Matthew Pistilli, who played right wing for the Cataractes and put up 86 (45/41) points in 63 regular season games and 20 (13/7) postseason points. Pistilli was undrafted. Pistilli is 6’2” 220 lbs and has completed his Junior Hockey career. He’ll likely play for the River Rats this fall
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.