Regina Pats goaltender Max Paddock isn’t in Dallas at the NHL Draft, but he will be making sure he isn’t far from his phone.
The 18 year old from Brandon is expected to go somewhere between Rounds 4 and 6 of the draft which starts Friday with Round 1 with rounds 2-7 going on Saturday.
“I am excited obviously, little bit of everything honestly,” said Paddock. I’m a little bit hopeful because nothings set in stone but I am just looking forward to what happens.”
Paddock had a standout rookie season for the Pats as he inherited the number one job in the second half of the season finishing with a record of 19-7-1-1 with the league’s third best goals against average at 2.90 and a save percentage of .904.
While unable to play in the first round of the WHL playoffs due to an injury sustained just prior to Game 1 against Swift Current, Paddock saw his stock rise dramatically with a tremendous performance at the Memorial Cup including the final where he kept his team in the game despite losing 3-0 to Acadie-Bathurst.
While he doesn’t know when he will be selected, he says it will be quite the feeling when the phone does ring as he will take the next step in his hockey career.
“Growing up as a kid it’s your dream to hear your name called and go on to have a successful career,” Paddock said. “The past couple years I hoped for it but it wasn’t in the foresight I guess you could call it. After this year though, it’s really came to my vision I guess that it is a possibility and it could happen, you just never know.
One team that may be showing some interest are the Toronto Maple Leafs.
They invited Paddock to a pre-draft workout as he spent a couple of days around the organization.