Greg Pateryn
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Greg Pateryn


Sterling Heights Michigan

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Trade with Toronto, 2008


214 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B


2006-07: Greg Pateryn played his junior season for Brother Rice H.S. in Birmingham, Michigan. He was the Warriors team captain and made All-State honorable mention. Selected by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the 3rd round of the 2006 USHL Entry Draft with the 28th overall pick. In January 2007, the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets acquired Pateryn from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in exchange for forward Danny Dries and a pick in the 2007 USHL Entry Draft.

2007-08: Pateryn scored 3 goals with 24 assists and 145 penalty minutes in his first season with the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets (USHL).

2008-09: Pateryn skated in 28 games for the University of Michigan as a freshman. He had 5 assists and 32 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Pateryn’s sophomore season saw him suit up for 33 games, registering a goal and 5 assists with the University of Michigan.

2010-11: Pateryn was one of the top shut-down defenders for the University of Michigan as a junior as the Wolverines advanced to the Frozen Four national championship game. Pateryn appeared in 40 of 44 games for the Wolverines and also contributed offensively – scoring 3 goals and 14 assists to go along with his defensive prowess. Pateryn finished with a +15 plus/minus for the Wolverines, who finished first in the CCHA regular season. After finishing third in the conference tournament, Michigan played some of its best hockey in the NCAA tournament, allowing just three goals in its first three NCAA contests, including a 2-0 shutout of high-powered North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2011-12: Pateryn had an excellent senior season at the University of Michigan where the alternate captain scored two goals along 13 assists and a solid plus 15 rating in 41 NCAA games. The big physical defenseman was most definitely the anchor of the defense for the Wolverines where he partnered with sophomore, Mac Bennett (MTL) to form the team’s shutdown pairing. Pateryn was unable to graduate from university with an NCAA or CCHA championship this season. The Wolverines suffered losses in the CCHA championship game to Western Michigan University and the opening round of the NCCA tournament to Cornell University. Pateryn signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens in March 2012 following his college career at Michigan,

2012-13: Pateryn made his NHL debut after spending most of the season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton. He missed most of the first half after undergoing elbow surgery. Pateryn appeared in three NHL games with Montreal in March, averaging 9:36 minutes of ice time and posting an even plus/minus with no points nor penalty minutes. He played 39 games for Hamilton and scored 7 goals with 5 assists; finishing -12 with 27 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the North Division.

2013-14: Pateryn skated for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his second pro season. The leading scorer amongst Bulldogs’ defensemen, he scored 15 goals with 19 assists and was +4 with 67 penalty minutes in 68 games. Hamilton missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division.

2014-15: Pateryn was recalled by Montreal from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in February — skating in 17 regular season games and seven NHL playoff games in his third pro season. He had an even plus/minus with no points and 6 penalty minutes, averaging 12:39 minutes of ice time for the Canadiens in the regular season. Pateryn had 3 assists and was +2 with no penalties, averaging 11 minutes of ice time, in seven playoff games. In 53 AHL games with the Bulldogs he scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was -1 with 56 penalty minutes. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Pateryn signed a two-year contract extension with Montreal in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

One of the bigger surprises on the blueline last season, Pateryn is a big, mobile defenseman that leads by example. He is a solid skater for his size, but doesn't wow you with tremendous speed. He is capable of doing all the little things right, especially in his own end. He's the type of defender that can log bottom-pairing minutes in the NHL and completely fly under the radar, often going under-appreciated. He has an element of physical edge to his game and can play aggressive, using his frame down low. He does not possess much offence, but his talents are best utilized in defensive-zone deployment and penalty-killing assignments.


Pateryn will challenge for a full-time spot on the Canadiens for the 2015-16 season. With a few veterans parting ways, both he and Tinordi hope to see time in the six-man rotation, with the other possibly sitting out as a seventh defenceman.

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