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08-07-2009, 09:48 AM
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Good to see you back, Dave.

On my list, this was the toughest slot for me. I would fully understand if somebody wanted to put Paradis here as opposed to McBain, which was my final vote, but only due to familiarity.

I think McBain has solid 2nd or 3rd defenseman upside, and I view him as almost certainly becoming a Top 4 by 2011-2012, but what exactly do we have here in Paradis that caused our front office to be so assertive in taking him?

This draft was the deepest in the first 2 rounds as it has been since 2005 when talents like James Neal, Paul Stastny, Marc Edouard Vlasic, Guillaume Latendresse, Jeff Frazee, Mason Raymond, Ondrej Pavelec, and Justin Abdelkader all were around first round grades and managed to slip for whatever reason.

Carolina has been much better at scouting the past few drafts and if they were sold on Paradis, there had to be a reason.

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