He was a Washington Capitals draft in 1974 (the year they took Greg Joly 1st overall) and ended up being dealt to the Flyers for a pretty decent player (Bob Sirois). After that it was purely cash transactions, and he played a total of 87 games in the NHL during 5 regular seasons.
Paddock is unusual in that he’s been a career coach (pretty much) in the AHL, winning a ton of games and building a solid resume. If Paddock had chosen baseball and become a manager, he would have been in the big leagues several times before, but the NHL seems to have a different way of looking at AHL coaches (often hiring friends, recently retired legends or junior coaches).
Paddock was a good coach for the Winnipeg Jets for 3+ seasons (two of which saw them finish over .500) but for a good dozen years he’s been in the background, bubbling under.
I believe his hiring by Ottawa is a brilliant move. This is a guy who has earned the opportunity, has a tremendous resume, and one would think he is looking at this opportunity as a chance in a lifetime to make his mark on the coaching profession.
John Paddock turned 53 on June 9th. If the Senators name him coach today, it would have to be considered long overdue.