Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty

35-Year-Old Left WingLW
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Capitals won't be rebuilding in the Alex Ovechkin era, so it makes sense that an aging, injury-riddled team from 2022-23 would be the destination for Pacioretty's comeback tour. Pacioretty has had two Achilles' surgeries within a year, but he had three goals and 16 shots on net over the five games he played with the Hurricanes between the operations. The 34-year-old should boost the Capitals' power play while seeing his even-strength minutes on the second line, but it's fair to question his health since he has just 92 games on his ledger, from the last three years combined. Fantasy managers who feel solid at forward can make Pacioretty a late-round flier this fall in the hopes that he's got at least one big year left in him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Capitals in July of 2023.
Snags helper in Game 2
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
April 24, 2024
Pacioretty notched an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Pacioretty remains mired in a seven-game goal drought, having registered just one shot in each of his last five outings. If the veteran winger doesn't start shooting the puck more, his goal production will likely continue to be minimal. With Pacioretty still slumping, he's unlikely to push Aliaksei Protas for a top-six role.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:26
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
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17:23
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Pacioretty remains one of the league's premier snipers when healthy, but he wasn't healthy a season ago, playing just 39 games. His production when in the lineup - 19 goals, 37 points, 148 shots on goal, 12 power-play points - was exceptional, so there appeared to be hope moving forward. Vegas' cap situation was so bad that they shipped Pacioretty (and defenseman Dylan Coghlan) to Carolina in July for "future considerations." Yes, a top player in the NHL was traded to a strong team for "future considerations," but credit to the Hurricanes for having their books in order to make such a move. Unfortunately for both Pacioretty and his new team, he underwent surgery in early August for an Achilles injury, which is expected to sideline him at least six months. It makes Pacioretty a fade in all fantasy formats except those with multiple IR spots.
Despite a late-season injury, Pacioretty accumulated 24 goals and 51 points in 48 contests last year. Extrapolated over a full season, the Connecticut-born winger was on pace for his first 40-goal, 80-point campaign in 2020-21. A volume shooter, Pacioretty is a perfect complement to the defensively sound Mark Stone on the wings of the Golden Knights' top line. The last two seasons have been arguably Pacioretty's best in his career -- fantasy managers should expect him to challenge for 30 goals, 65 points and upwards of 300 shots on goal in 2021-22. After collecting just 12 power-play points last season, the 32-year-old winger should also rebound slightly with the man advantage, making him a productive early-to-middle round option at left wing.
Pacioretty had his best season in recent memory in 2019-20, cracking the 30-goal and 60-point thresholds for the first time in three campaigns. The American winger set a new career high with an eye-catching 307 shots on goal in just 71 contests, and also established a new personal best in power-play points with 19 while averaging 2:27 of ice time on the man advantage per contest. Pacioretty will once again have 30-plus goal and 60-plus point upside heading into 2020-21, but it's hard to bet on that considering he'll be entering his age-32 season, particularly because he can always be counted on to miss at least a handful of games due to injury. Virtual managers probaly shouldn't plan on having Pacioretty as their No. 1 guy at forward, but he'll be a fine addition in the early-to-middle rounds as a second or third option up front.
Pacioretty finally exhausted his decade-long welcome in Montreal and joined the Golden Knights via a trade last September. Vegas sent veteran scorer Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick to acquire him, but the clean slate didn't have the desired effect from a production standpoint, as "Patches" averaged only 0.61 points -- with a paltry eight-spot on the power play -- between 66 contests for his new team. Still, a full season practicing alongside Paul Stastny and Mark Stone should do wonders for Pacioretty. The trio generated a sparkling 60.0 Corsi For percentage in a 13-game sample as an encouraging sign that Vegas' second line will reign supreme in puck possession for years to come. After all, Pacioretty can ill-afford continued regression as a soon-to-be 31-year-old banking $7 million annually through the 2022-23 campaign.
Pacioretty endured a trying season, experiencing decreases in goals, points and shooting percentage compared to 2017-18. Much of the blame can be attributed to Montreal's 29th-ranked scoring offense which dragged down the captain's output. He had a couple of uncharacteristically long scoring droughts, as head coach Claude Julien incessantly tinkered with line combinations before a knee injury in early March ended Pacioretty's season. Such a down year is a major surprise for the forward who is fourth among left wingers in goal-scoring (10th overall) since 2013-14 and continues to be productive on the power play. Things got so bad for Pacioretty that his name was ubiquitous in trade talks near the deadline. It took them until September to trade him, but he was sent to the Golden Knights. There, he'll have a fresh start surrounded by tons of speed and a fiery power play, making him a good bet to bounce back. Remember, this is a winger just two years removed from 35 goals and 67 points.
Pacioretty cruised through peaks and valleys to tie a career-high 67 points in 2016-17. Excluding the 2012-13 lockout year, it was his fifth consecutive season of 30-plus goals, as he amassed 35 in 81 games. He’s clearly the Canadiens’ most dangerous weapon, but it didn't look that way early, as Pacioretty had just five goals over the first 24 games despite Montreal racing out to a historic start. Four games later -- after the winger potted four at the Bell Centre against the Avalanche -- it was revealed that he played through a broken foot, which he referred to as an “adverse condition.” Still, Montreal’s captain scored 30 goals over the final 57 games, developing chemistry with Alexander Radulov and later Phillip Danault on the top line. With Radulov shuffling off to Dallas, head coach Claude Julien could promote Brendan Gallagher (career average of 0.57 points per game) to be Pacioretty’s right-hand man. Mad Max is bound to appease any fantasy owner in need of a low-maintenance forward.
Pacioretty led Montreal in scoring for a fifth consecutive season last year, registering 30 goals and 64 points – good enough to tie for sixth among left wingers in both categories. There was a perception that he was less productive, but he actually set a career high with 34 assists and his 64 points were just three fewer than his career mark from the year before. Of course, that perception may have been fueled by the Habs’ tailspin from December through the end of the season – and because Pacioretty had knocked on the 40-goal door in consecutive seasons prior to 2015-16. When he skated with playmakers, Pacioretty’s production was normal, but it fell off when head coach Michel Therrien had him lining up with the likes of David Desharnais and Dale Weise, as the coach tried endless combinations to spark a struggling offense. Over the final 22 games with center Alex Galchenyuk and right winger Brendan Gallagher, Pacioretty posted 23 points. If Therrien can resist the urge to tinker and keep that trio together, Pacioretty should be able to utilize his killer wrist shot enough to approach the 40-goal mark once again.
A knee injury suffered while working out in the offseason is expected to knock the start of Pacioretty's 2015-16 campaign off track, as he's projected to miss the entire preseason and perhaps a stretch of early regular-season games. Any length of absence is going to be hard on the Habs, as Pacioretty has been the team's primary goal scorer for the last four seasons, and he's kicked it up an extra notch in the last two, netting a total of 76 markers -- a whopping 21 of those the game-winning variety. Pacioretty was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Carey Price's incredible season, recording a plus-38 rating that was fully 30 points higher than his previous career best. He also set career highs with 67 points and 302 shots on goal last year. Once he's past this injury, Pacioretty should step right back into Montreal's first line and continue the prime of his career.
For a third consecutive season, Pacioretty led the Canadiens in scoring with 60 points, including a career-high 39 goals in his sixth NHL season. The club made a wise move a couple years ago when it inked Pacioretty through the end of the 2018-19 season. He's a high-volume shooter who improved his percentage from 9.2 percent in 2012-13 to 14.4 percent last season. He's learning how to score and scores in bunches. Before that contract runs out, he'll score 50 in a season. Pacioretty's set to open the season on the left wing of the first line.
Pacioretty led the Canadiens with 39 points in 44 games and tied for the team lead with 15 goals, making him the Canadiens' most prolific goal-scorer and point-getter the past two seasons. He was part of the first line that included David Desharnais and Erik Cole, a unit that Montreal could not live without in 2011-12. However, Cole look disinterested in his second season with the Canadiens and Desharnais was less effective, resulting in an early-season goal-scoring slumber for Pacioretty. Head coach Michel Therrien eventually found the right combination and MaxPac took off. He's a resilient player that plays through injuries and gets his shots on goal. He'll return as the team's top left winger and, with a developing core of offensive talent around him, Pacioretty should push for a 30-goal season.
Pacioretty overcame a scary injury in 2010-11 to lead the Canadiens in scoring last season with 33 goals and 65 points in 79 contests. The one constant head coach Jacques Martin or his non-Francophone replacement, Randy Cunneyworth, had was the fist line production from Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole. Pacioretty and Desharnais have been together since their days in AHL Hamilton and continue to mix well. Pacioretty will remain on the left wing of the first line and is part of Montreal's young core. In leagues that reward shots on goal, Pacioretty carries more value than just the 30-plus goals most owners are expecting.
Pacioretty appears to have recovered from the serious injury he suffered in a collision with Boston's Zdeno Chara in March that left him with a cracked vertebrae and concussion. Perhaps you heard about it? The 22-year-old forward was called up in December and produced 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 37 games before the injury. The Habs gave him a two-year deal this past summer and are penciling in MaxPac for first-line duty with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri. Pacioretty has good size and is physical on the wing, and should be a top goal scorer for Montreal with ample time on the power play -- seven of his 14 goals last season were with a man advantage. There's real potential here for a breakout season.
The 20-year-old scored three goals and added eight helpers in 34 contests with Montreal last season. He should see more playing time this season with his added experience and the fact that the Habs lost their core forwards from last season. Don’t expect many goals from the former first round draft selection, who potted just six in 37 games with AHL Hamilton last season. However, he should continue to build on his rookie campaign from a season ago and improve his numbers with added playing time this season.
The 19-year-old Conneticut native has decided to turn pro after one year at Michigan, where he scored 15 goals and 39 points along with 59 PIMs in 37 games. Pacioretty's decision was made easier when he completely dominated the Canadiens' rookie camp in June. The team loves his physical game and they're in dire need of tough scoring wingers. Still the Habs will likely err on the side of caution and keep Pacioretty in Hamilton for his first year as a pro. Keeper league players should be putting this kid on their radars now.
If some prospects are rare then Pacioretty is steak tartare. He displays all of the potential of a future power forward -- he skates well, hits hard and has a quick release -- but he hasn't really been tested against high-level competition. We seem him as a guy who'll eventually control the game along the board and fit right into a cycling game. It's just going to take time. He's off to the University of Michigan for 2007-2008.
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Tallies assist
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
March 19, 2024
Pacioretty recorded a power-play assist and added two shots during Monday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
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Two-point effort in win
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
March 2, 2024
Pacioretty picked up two assists in Friday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
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Bags apple Saturday
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
February 25, 2024
Pacioretty registered an assist to go with four shots and two hits during Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Panthers.
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Returns to lineup
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
February 6, 2024
Pacioretty played 18:12 in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Canadiens.
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Practices Monday
LWWashington Capitals  Free Agent
Lower Body
February 5, 2024
Pacioretty (lower body) skated on the top line during Monday's practice, Sammi Silber of The Hockey News reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Doubtful to return to Caps
LWFree Agent
June 27, 2024
Pacioretty is "unlikely" to re-sign with Washington this offseason, Sammi Silber of The Hockey News reports Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Pacioretty finished his time with the Capitals mired in a nine-game goal drought during which he recorded three assists, 15 shots and 15 hits. Injuries have prevented the veteran winger from playing in more than 50 games in any of the last four seasons. As a result, the Connecticut native may have to take a one-year, prove-it deal in order to extend his NHL career.
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