Can Max Pacioretty Provide What the Montreal Canadiens Need?

December 15th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
As the Montreal Canadiens get ready to face off against the streaking Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Bell Centre, Habs' fans' hopes are high.

Not so much because they are confident about tonight's game or because they feel the Habs can beat the Flyers, but more because of a young man named Max Pacioretty who will be making his 2010-2011 NHL season debut tonight.

If you've been hiding under a rock for the last few years, Pacioretty is a player the Habs drafted 22nd overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft. When he was chosen by the Habs' head of amateur scouting, Trevor Timmins, he was described as the prototypical power forward. That Eric Cole-type player who was very difficult to trade for but which all teams covet.

To date, while there have been flashes of brilliance from MaxPac, he has yet to achieve anything resembling his draft appraisal, at least at the NHL level.

In the 2008-2009 season, Pacioretty played a total of 34 games as a call-up, scoring 11 points (3G, 8A) and a minus-three rating. Last season, however, he was looked at as part of the core of the team and the hope was that he could grab one of the top six spots on ...

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