Michael Paliotta
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Michael Paliotta

Hometown:

Westport Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-04-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (70th overall), 2011

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Michael Paliotta played for Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) of the New England Prep School League. In 24 games he scored 1 goal with 14 assists.

2009-10: Paliotta appeared in 50 games for the US National U17 team and was part of the first place USA squad at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge. He had 2 goals with 12 assists for the NDTP squad and in six games at the Hockey Challenge he had 2 assists for Team USA.

2010-11: Paliotta skated in 60 games for the US National U18 team. He scored 1 goal with 14 assists and had 77 PMs. He was also part of the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship and was -1 with 1 assist and 2 PMs in six games.

2011-12: Paliotta had a solid freshman year in what was a disappointing season for the University of Vermont. He skated in 30 of 34 games for the Catamounts, scoring 4 goals with 6 assists, and had 44 penalty minutes. He finished minus-20 on a Vermont team that won just six games and finished last in Hockey East. Paliotta scored two of his four goals on the power play.

2012-13: Paliotta played in 35 of 36 games for Vermont in his sophomore season at Vermont – sharing the team lead for points by a defenseman (10) with Flyers prospect Nick Luukko. Paliotta scored 1 goal with 9 assists and had an even plus/minus with 50 penalty minutes. Vermont finished seventh in Hockey East — reaching the conference tournament and losing to defending national champion Boston College in the quarterfinals.

 

Talent Analysis

A physical blueliner with good size and skating ability. Paliotta has been pegged as a shutdown defenseman in his draft year, but could have more untapped offensive potential than his point totals indicate because of his heavy shot and hockey sense.

 

Future

Paliotta enters his junior season in 2013-14 as Vermont's top shutdown defender. Both Paliotta and the Catamounts team took step forwards in 2012-13 and will both be looking to continue that momentum in the coming year.

 

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