Michael Paliotta
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Michael Paliotta


Westport Connecticut

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Trade with Chicago Blackhawks, June 2015


198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


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.

2013-14: Paliotta had a breakout offensive season in his junior year at Vermont. In 38 games for the Catamounts he scored 5 goals with 22 assists and was plus-6 with 51 penalty minutes. Vermont finished seventh in Hockey East but received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Massachusetts-Lowell in a three-game quarterfinal series in the conference tournament. The Catamounts were defeated by Union, 5-2, in the East regional semifinals. 

Talent Analysis

A physical blueliner with good size and skating ability. Paliotta has been pegged as a shutdown defenseman in his draft year, but has proven to have an offensive side to his game as his college career has progressed. He has played a key role in the resurgence of the University of Vermont hockey program.



Paliotta was acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with budding star Brandon Saad and center Alex Broadhurst from the Chicago Blackhawks in a shocking offseason trade. After finishing his senior season as captain of the Vermont Catamounts, Paliotta signed his entry-level contract and will be introduced to the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.

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