2008-09: Philippe Paradis’s numbers with Shawinigan were not jaw-dropping – 19 goals, 31 assists in 66 games. He won the hardest shot competition at the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game with a blast clocked at 95.7 mph. Chosen in the 1st round, 27th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
2009-10: In his third season with the Shawinigan Cataractes, Paradis skated in 63 games and scored 24 goals, 20 assists for 44 points. The forward added 104 PIMs, leading the team. He added 2 goals and 1 assists in 6 playoff games for Shawinigan before joining Toronto in the AHL. Paradis notched 2 assists in 4 AHL games with the Marlies.
2010-11: Paradis was traded to PEI prior to the start of the season, serving as an alternate captain for the Rocket in his fourth QMJHL season. He scored 23 goals, 30 assists for 53 points along with 85 PIMs in 59 games. He led the team with a plus-19 rating on the season. He finished the season on an ATO with Rockford in the AHL where he scored 1 goal in 4 games.
2011-12: Paradis played in 58 games for AHL Rockford in his first pro season after missing time early in the year with an injury. Playing mostly in a lower line role for the IceHogs for much of the season, Paradis was an effective forechecker and scored 5 goals with 11 assists; finishing minus-11 with 39 penalty minutes. Rockford failed to reach the AHL playoffs.
2012-13: Paradis finished the season with Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse after being acquired by the Lightning from Chicago in an April 2013 trade. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 11 penalty minutes in eight regular season games and played in all 18 playoff games for Syracuse. The Crunch finished first in the East Division and reached the AHL Finals against Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids. Paradis scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 23 penalty minutes in the playoffs. Playing a limited role for Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford prior to the trade, he also spent time in the ECHL with Toledo. In 44 games with the IceHogs he scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +4 with 100 penalty minutes. He had no points and was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in five ECHL games.
Paradis was selected in the first round by Carolina in 2009 due to his mixture of a physical presence and scoring skill, having a hard shot and the ability to make room for himself and his teammates on the ice. At the pro level he has never matched that potential as a consistent scorer but he plays with an edge and does not back down from a challenge.
Paradis was playing at a high level — providing both intensity and supplementary scoring — for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse in 2014-15 before going down with a season-ending injury. Paradis' injury was a factor in the late season swoon by the Crunch. He will become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Lightning this summer. Paradis may never live up to the offensive expectations of a first round pick, but he projects as a solid checking player and occasional scorer at the pro level.