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PHILIPPE HUDON
Philippe Hudon
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6’1” / 205 lbs.
Birthdate: April 15, 1993
Hometown: Hudson, Quebec
Acquired: Detroit’s sixth choice (145th overall) in the 2011 draft
CSS Ranking: 74th North American skater (2011)
Contract: None (must sign by Aug. 15, 2015)
RWC Says: Physical Winger

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2008-09
  • Spent 15-year-old season at Choate-Rosemary prep school with goal of playing NCAA.
  • Ranked second overall for the 2009 QMJHL draft but not selected due to his NCAA plan.
2009-10
  • Stayed at Choate-Rosemary prep school for a second season.
  • Selected in the eighth round (137th overall) by Victoriaville in the 2010 QMJHL draft.
2010-11
  • Put up excellent numbers at Choate-Rosemary prep school (22-10-10-20).
  • Strong play in final season before college earned him mid-round draft ratings.
  • Selected in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2011 draft by the Red Wings.
2011-12
  • Began freshman year at Cornell but struggled to balance athletics with academics.
  • Took leave of absence from Cornell in October to deal with medical issues.
  • Revealed in November that obsessive-compulsive disorder caused him to leave school.
  • Dropped out of Cornell in December to play in the QMJHL for Victoriaville.
  • Played third-line role for team that finished fourth in QMJHL (34-3-2-5, minus-3, 65 shots).
  • Didn’t record a point as Victoriaville was swept in first round (4-0-0-0, minus-2, no shots).
2012-13
  • Returned to QMJHL with Victoriaville for second full season.
  • Finished seventh in team scoring (65-15-20-35, 139 SOG, minus-1).
  • Upped production in playoffs (9-6-1-7, eight SOG, minus-2).
2013-14
  • Returned to QMJHL as over-age player with Victoriaville (57-19-12-31, minus-1, 125 shots).
  • Scored three times in five-game first-round playoff loss to Drummondville (5-3-1-4, minus-1).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s a very competitive kid who can really shoot the puck. He’s very willing to play in front of the net and score dirty goals, play a physical game, and he just competes really hard.” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (June 2011).

STRENGTHS
Boasts a heavy, heavy shot and likes to use it … Good upper-body strength helps him win a lot of battles along the wall and down low … Gets involved physically and drives the net … Plays an up-and-down, north-south game … Likes to throw his weight around … Not a high-skill player, but is showing flashes of having a finishing touch … Pays attention to the game’s small details.

WEAKNESSES
While he has a heavy shot, his wind-up is painfully slow and he needs to develop a quicker release … Lumbering skater who has a good stride but lacks lower body strength and needs to pick up his quickness … Offensive upside, outside of his shot, is limited … According to Hudon himself, obsessive-compulsive disorder has brought with it unique challenges for his hockey career.

PROJECTION
Although the Red Wings keep Hudon’s rights until 2015, he hasn’t panned out since being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He wrapped up his junior career in 2013-14 with just 37 goals among 71 points in 156 games and is unlikely to have a future in the Red Wings organization.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Choate Rosemary Hall USHS 23 8 12 20 - |          
 2009-2010 Choate Rosemary Hall USHS - - - - - |          
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 4 |          
 2010-2011 Choate Rosemary Hall USHS 22 10 10 20 44 |          
 2011-2012 Cornell Univ. NCAA - - - - - |          
  Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 34 3 2 5 29 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2012-2013 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 65 15 20 35 63 | Playoffs 9 6 1 7
 2013-2014 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 57 19 12 31 75 | Playoffs 5 3 1 4

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