Canes select Quebec league center

June 26, 2009 

The Hurricanes don't often look to Quebec for their draft picks — they had taken only eight in the past 12 years going into Friday — but they took Philippe Paradis with the 27th overall pick.

He wasn't the biggest player available, or the highest-ranked — 6-foot-3 Carter Ashton was available when the Hurricanes picked — but he had 12 points in 21 playoff games for Shawinigan of the Quebec junior league, a postseason resume too good to pass up.

And at 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, he's by no means small, with size being the Hurricanes' No. 1 priority with their first-round pick going into the draft.

Paradis had 50 points — 19 goals and 31 assists — in 66 games for Shawinigan.

Carolina's last first round pick from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 1995.

A native of Dolbeau, Quebec, Paradis had the hardest shot at the CHL Top Prospects Game at 95.7 mph.

The NHL's Central Scouting Service had this scouting report on Paradis: “I think Philippe has more skills than his offensive record shows and a good upside. He’s a good skater, with good size at 6’2” and he can shoot the puck. He goes to the net well and has good ability to score.”

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