Paquet enjoyed an outstanding senior season at the Salisbury School, where he posted five points (one goal, four assists). His stellar performance in the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament earned Paquet a selection to the All-Tournament team.
Several ECAC schools heavily recruited the Ste. Augustin, Quebec native.
Drafted 7th round (229th overall), 2005 by MTL.
2007-08: This season marked Paquet’s junior year with the Clarkson Knights (ECAC). He proved to be an intimidating presence at the blueline and finished first on the team in penalty minutes (26/63). He played in 27 games with the club, recording one goal and three assists. He missed 12 of the first 15 games of the season due to injury, but skated in the last 24.
Salisbury head coach Dan Donato’s insights on Philippe Paquet: “Phil is a very good two-way defenseman who is good at both ends of the ice. He’s as good of a 6’3 skater as I’ve ever seen at this stage. There’s nobody even comparable. He is a very fluid skater and just a beautiful kid to watch skate. He moves the puck very well and has a quick shot. I think that he’s going to be one of those rare cases where a particular player is better suited for the NHL than college. The reason why I think he’s going to be a really good NHL prospect is because he’ll be able to skate and do all of the things that he can do now later on as well when he fills into his body.
“He’s a player whom I’d love to have as a defensive partner", continued Donato, "because he makes good decisions with the puck. He moves it to you when he has to move it to you. He’ll pick for you and do whatever he needs for you as his partner. He’s a guy that’s reliable and won’t cough up the puck. He anticipates well and also has very good on-ice vision. He does a good job of not allowing opposing players to get to the slot. He uses his enormous size and long reach very well in that respect. Phil is a guy that will get bigger and stronger and that will only add to the impact that he will have on his team. I don’t think that Phil really has a weakness other than to get bigger and stronger. As soon as he understands his role on his (college) team, then he’ll just get better and better at it. I think he could be a steal in the NHL draft.”
Unsigned by the Canadiens, Paquet is an unrestricted free agent.