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Nicolas Blanchard  #72

NUMBER: 72 BIRTHDATE: May 31, 1987  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Granby, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CAR / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (192nd overall)

Last Game: Was (-1) in 8:04 of ice time vs. NYR (4/25) 

* Sparred with B.J. Crombeen in the second period at TB (4/21)

* Sparred with Zack Smith in the first period at OTT (4/16)

* Sparred with Gregory Campbell in the first period vs. BOS (4/13)

* Made his NHL debut and sparred with Matt Hendricks in the second period in his first NHL fight at WSH (4/11)

* Recalled from Charlotte on 4/10

* Appeared in 61 games with Charlotte (AHL) prior to his recall, totaling four goals and five assists (9 points)

* Ranked first among Checkers (AHL) skaters in penalty minutes (124) prior to his recall

* Scored 50 goals, earned 56 assists (106 points) and accumulated 579 penalty minutes in 342 career AHL regular-season games with Carolina’s affiliates in Albany and Charlotte

* OFF THE RADAR: Blanchard has served as an alternate captain for the Checkers (AHL) the past three seasons

Career Highs: G: 0  A: 0  P: 0  PIM: 5

HURRICANES CAREER TOTALS: 8 gp, 0-0-0, 20 pim

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery