Habs Sign A D-Man

Canadiens sign Greg Pateryn


MONTREAL (March 28, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Greg Pateryn to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pateryn tallied 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 41 games this season with the CCHA’s Michigan Wolverines. The 6’02’’ and 212 lbs defenseman served 65 penalty minutes. He played one game in the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, presenting a +1 differential and three shots on goal.

A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Pateryn, 21, recorded 43 points (6 goals and 37 assists) and 143 penalty minutes in 142 games since his college debut with Michigan in 2008-09. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round, 128th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Pateryn was acquired from the Maple Leafs on July 3, 2008 with a second round draft pick in 2010, in return for Mikhail Grabovski.

From Canadiens.com

12 thoughts on “Habs Sign A D-Man”

  1. hmm… I plead lazy, plans for Danny Kristo? Only for hockey fans in the South would we see a lot of North Dakota hockey. He looks like a Ryan White with a scoring touch. He could be loads of fun in two years (repeatedly) breaking the nose of a big-snouted Bruin…

  2. I’m with you on that, Chris: too many American players for our franchise. We’re the Montreal Canadiens. Sure we had a bad season but to have so many Americans represent our team is disgusting. It’s not right.

  3. American College players/USLHL you could turn pro early & play them in The AHL to get them used to long seasons ? but with juniors they either play junior or NHL……

  4. Dennis! One part of our nightmare is over – Gauthier is gone!!!

    Have a beer on me buddy! Heck, everyone here have a beer on me. 🙂

  5. darth, i may have a beer on you and i don’t even drink…… great news…. the first big step to respectability…..

  6. chris, i’ll take the bait……on the surface it would seem like a disproportionate number of american born u.s. college prospects. other than 07, a year in which they drafted a disproportionate number, drafting u.s. college players is not that out of wack. they drafted max and ryan mcdonagh in 07 so that is a good return on the number. louis leblanc was drafted out of the u.s. but no one will mention that for obvious reasons. geoffrion (trade) has the right name so he’s out. tinordi looks like a pretty good bet so far. who knows?? they have had pretty good success drinking from that well……..as far as trades go they have definitely accumulated a lot of u.s. born players. who can live with cole, max and gionta and anyone else who steps up, being americans? ………….as for my opinion? drawing on my command of language, i say nothing.

  7. Thanks for the response Hobo. My issue wasn’t so much whether the picks had good results, just the numbers. Like Cherry who was complaining about lack of players from Ontario on the Leafs, I want more Canadians on the Canadiens and especially want the Flying Frenchmen to be French. So I started looking.

    Barely 20% of the NHL is American but over the last 6 years we’ve drafted many more from there. In that time we’ve had 40 draft picks, 15 have been American with same number from the US colleges, high schools, etc. Canadian Leblanc from a college with an American from the CHL in 2006 to even it off. As well 4 of our 6 first rounder picks have been American with 5 of them from the US leagues. Before 2006 we barely had any American picks.
    2011: 2 of 7 (Beaulieu first round)
    2010: 1 of 5 including first round (Tinordi)
    2009: 2/3 of 8 (Leblanc first round)
    2008: 3 of 5 (no first round, but top two picks)
    2007: 5 of 9 including 2 in first round (McDonagh & Pacioretty)
    2006: 2/1 of 6 including first round (Fischer)

    Don’t expect too much consistency from me, I’m still hoping we suck enough so that we pick a big Russian in the first round.

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