From the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL, Jordan Caron.
Ok, so it wasn't either of the two possibilities I gave in my pre draft post but I'm just an internet blogger. The 19 year old from Sayabec, Quebec was ranked 21st amongst North American forwards. I had the pleasure of watching Caron in this years edition of the Memorial cup and I really like this pick.
Caron is a hard worker, he's a blue collar player that doesn't mind getting in there a mucking things up. That being said he has skill. He finished 11th in the QMJHL in goals this past season with 36 and added another 6 goals in 16 games in the QMJHL playoffs. He uses his 6'2" frame very well while on the forecheck. During the Memorial cup, it was Caron who was matched up against Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires, a player whom many speculate will be the 1st overall pick in next years draft, holding the Spitfires star to a mere 1 assist in the two games the teams faced each other in. Caron is also the type of player that likes to get his hands dirty. He can be compared to Milan Lucic in that sense. He's not afraid to hit or drop the gloves when needed.
Caron isn't a flashy player by any sense of the word. He gets his points by working hard and using his body to get position on the defense. That being said, Caron is a project pick. He isn't NHL ready and will probably return to Rimouski for a year or two before being moved up to Providence. I wouldn't expect to see Caron in the NHL for at least 3-4 years. I had originally hoped the Chiarelli and company would go for a defenseman, more specifcally Stephan Elliott of the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL but after thinking about this pick I understand it and like it. Caron is going to be one of those energy guys that players hate to play against. He probably won't be a guy who will go out there and get you 25 goals a season but he'll play his heart out and leave everything on the ice.