2003-04: Joined the US Development System and played the schedule with the National U18 Squad. Started the year as one of the top 2 centers but gradually fell into a third line checking role and did very well. Paukovich was a key member of the U18 club and scored 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 56 games. He led the team with 79 penalty minutes. Paukovich was also a member of the U.S. Team that took home the silver medal in Belarus.
2004-05: Captured the NCAA National Title with the Pioneers in his freshman campaign at Denver.
2005-06: Invited to the USA WJC summer camp in Lake Placid in the summer of 2005 and played in the 2006 WJC in Vancouver.
2006-07: A junior at the University of Denver (WCHA), Paukovich netted eight goals and 17 points through 39 games.
2007-08: Opting out of collegiate play, Paukovich joined up with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) this season, netting 13 goals and as many assists through 70 games. He also racked up a career-high 94 penalty minutes in his first year out of college hockey.
2008-09: The winger played most of his hockey with Springfield (AHL) this season, netting five goals and nine points through 46 games. He also saw more action with Edmonton’s ECHL affiliate, the Stockton Thunder, where he tallied a goal through six games.
Talent AnalysisBig, strong and tough – pretty much sums up what Paukovich brings to the table. He’s another well-spoken character player who has latent offensive abilities but was unable to build on a decent freshman year in college. Biggest flaws in Paukovich’s game is a lack of agility – he’s been described as a tractor trailer “makes wide turns”, and some have questioned his conditioning. He could be a decent 4th line player but whether he has NHL potential is definitely in doubt.