Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty Showing Big-Time Potential

Matt EichelSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2009

For a kid only a year out of his college hockey days, where he played for the University of Michigan, Montreal Canadiens prospect forward Max Pacioretty is showing some big-time potential.

Despite a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, Pacioretty made the most of his first NHL career game, notting his first career goal against a tough defensive Devils squad.

Not bad for a kid only now 32 games into his professional hockey career.

GM Bob Gainey must have liked what he was seeing when Pacioretty put up 22 points in 31 games in the AHL in his rookie season.

Not bad for a rookie who put up 39 points in 37 games during his only year with the U of Michigan.

It seems wherever Pacioretty finds himself in the hockey world, success follows him like a nagging cough. At least this cough is something he would rather keep.

Not only is he big at 6'1", 203 lbs, but he digs for pucks, he's fast, and as we saw on his goal, has a quick and deadly release. Pacioretty is dangerous from any area of the ice.

Montreal likes what they see from the New Canaan, CT native.

Let's hope they don't spoil him.