26-Year-Old Defenseman – Montreal Canadiens
Greg Pateryn Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Canadiens on a two-year, $1.6 million contract in July of 2015.
Pateryn was in the active lineup Tuesday after Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin let it be known the defenseman is available, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. He had one shot on goal, two blocked shots and five hits over 13:04 of ice time on the third defensive pair.
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Pateryn showed an improved offensive touch with Hamilton last season, potting 15 goals with 19 asssists in 68 games for the Bulldogs. He was called up to Montreal for a few games and was on the roster for the playoffs, but did not see action in the post-season. There's some churn on the blue line at the NHL level, but Pateryn is behind Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi. We expect Pateryn to repeat at Hamilton this season, but we're very impressed with his offensive development. It's something he wanted to work when he came out of college and we're astonished to see it happen so quickly.
Pateryn spent much of his first professional season in the AHL for the Hamilton Bulldogs, but also had a brief callup to the NHL. Not known for his offensive contributions, Pateryn scored seven goals in 39 games for Hamilton. That's more than he scored in four years at the University of Michigan. He's a big body on the blueline and uses that body well against opponents, something the organization needs more of at the NHL level. He'll return to Hamilton this season, but he's part of the next wave of defenseman in Montreal.
Pateryn will return to the University of Michigan for his senior season. He showed some offensive touch in 2010-11, but his calling card is his 6-3, 214-pound frame. He plays physical and uses his body well when matching up against forwards and delivering checks.