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 is a senior captain for the University of Vermont in 2014-15. Paliotta's improvement has mirrored that of the Catamounts as Vermont finished with 20 wins last year for the first time since 2008-09 and is challenging for a top spot in Hockey East early in the season this year. In addition to his defensive play Paliotta is among the scoring leaders for Vermont.


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