Player Profile: Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty is one of the top players Montreal has at the moment, the first pure scorer they have had in 20 years. Pacioretty has been a fixture on the Canadiens first line since the 2011-2012 season, where he really started to develop into the player he is today. He is an excellent forward who can contribute in all three areas of the ice.

Pacioretty hails from New Canaan Connecticut, and is currently 25 years old. He was drafted by Montreal in 2007, 22nd overall. The pick the Canadiens took him with was not originally Montreal’s as they previously acquired the pick along with Josh Gorges from San Jose in 2007. Pacioretty chose the NCAA route, instead of the more traditional CHL. He played for the Michigan Wolverines in 2007, before making the jump to the AHL in the next season. He made his NHL debut on January 2nd, 2009, where he also scored his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils. On March 8th 2011, Pacioretty was involved in an incident with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, one that resulted in Pacioretty lying on the ice with an serious concussion and a broken vertebra. It was unknown if he would ever play again. However he was back next season, and had an excellent comeback, with 33 goals and 65 points. He also took home the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy that year. In the next lockout shortened campaign, he netted 15 goals and 39 points in 44 games, in an 82 game schedule, that accounts for 72 points. This past season was a career year in scoring for Pacioretty, notching 39 goals, which was fourth in the NHL, and 60 points.

For the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Pacioretty represented his native USA and in 5 games he registered one assist. This was not the first time he played for his country. In 2008, he was on the roster for the World unior team, where the U.S lost to Canada in the semi-finals. In 2012, he played for the United States World Championship team, he had a great tournament, with 12 points in 10 games but the U.S finished 7th.


As for my predictions? I predict Pacioretty will score 40+ goals this year, with playing time on the first line, and lots of power-play time. If I were making lines for this upcoming campaign, He would be on the first line with Alex Galchenyuk as well as David Desharnais. I know that you are thinking that Desharnais is a centre, but in my opinion, he would be better suited as a winger. This would be an excellent scoring line, and would help progress everyone on it. I also would place my bet on Pacioretty being the next captain, he can deal with the media, has leadership qualities, and won’t back down.

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