Max Pacioretty Comes to the Montreal Canadiens

Matt Eichel@@mattyalloutSenior Writer IJuly 19, 2008

Montreal Canadiens fans have a lot to look forward to this season, with the emergence of the Kostitsyn brothers, Chris Higgins, Mike Komisarek, and Carey Price.

But there's a new kid who could very well be among those names in a few years.

Max Pacioretty is making a name for himself in the Montreal through a solid Canadiens' development camp.  With a brand-new three-year deal under his belt, the 19-year-old forward from New Caanan, Conneiticut might be dawning the bleu, blanc, et rogue in the near future.

In 2006-07, the "Pac Man"—as he is nicknamed—notched 119 points in 60 games in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers, before deciding to play college hockey at the University of Michigan.

In his freshman year of 2007-08, Pacioretty notted 15 goals and added 24 assists in 37 games.  He also added 59 PIMs, showing he's not shy to get into the rough stuff.

When asked who he modeled his play after, Pacioretty responded, "Ryan Getzlaf, he uses his body and size really well."

The 6'1", 203-lb left winger is looking like a good fit on the left side for the Canadiens. He had impressive outing at the Habs' development camp, along with other prospects Mathieu Carle and Ben Maxwell.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the the new kid on the block—Max "Pac Man" Pacioretty.