Played for the Taft school during the 2005-06 season. Moved to the Sioux City Musketeers for the 2006-07 season. He was named to western team for the 2007 USHL Prospects/All-Star game. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the USHL all-rookie team and captured rookie of year honors.
2006-07: This was Pacioretty’s first season with the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL), a 60 game campaign that resulted in 21 goals and 63 points. He also racked up an impressive 119 penalty minutes.
2007-08: This was the forwards first season with the University of Michigan (CCHA). He netted 15 goals and 39 points in 37 games, but opted out of collegiate play to head to the AHL. On top of winning the CCHA Championship, he was the CCHA Rookie of the Year and made it to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He also appeared in six games for Team USA at the WJC, but didn’t register any points.
2008-09: Pacioretty split the season between Hamilton (AHL) and Montreal. In 37 games with the Bulldogs, the winger scored six goals and 29 points total. He netted another three goals and 11 points in 34 games with the Canadiens.
He is a good power forward with an above averages skill set. He's a good skater with quick feet. He handles the puck very well, has a good shot and has a quick release. Has the size and tenacity to be a force on the ice, just needs to learn when and where to apply it with consistency.
Pacioretty has secured a spot on the Canadiens' roster.