Michael Paliotta
Image: Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI

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.

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.

 

Future

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.

 

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Union College top seed at East Regional

by DJ Powers
on

Chris McCarthy - University of Vermont

Photo: University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy, a top unsigned NCAA free agent, will lead the Catamounts into the NCAA East Regional in that school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The NCAA East Regional kicks off the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament and takes place on March 28th and 29th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

Union College is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Quinnipiac, Providence College and Vermont. The four teams have a combined 13 NHL prospects on their rosters, the fewest of all the regionals.

Read more»

Teravainen takes over top spot in Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 update

by Brad Gardner
on

Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen is an offensive dynamo in Finland’s top pro circuit and captain of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking update maintains much of the depth from the fall ranking despite the graduation of Brandon Saad and loss to trade/waivers of prospects like Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, and Kyle Beach.

Read more»

NCAA prospects notebook for January, 2014

by DJ Powers
on

Ryan Dzingel - Ohio State University

Photo: Ohio State Buckeyes forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel had a hot hand in January, posting 14 points in eight games during that month (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The first month of 2014 featured a little bit of everything involving prospects around NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at the notable performances and news items during from that month. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of February 1st.

Read more»

Center and defensive depth remain the strengths of Chicago Blackhawks system

by Brad Gardner
on

Brandon Pirri - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Brandon Pirri earned an opportunity on Chicago’s second line and has responded with three goals, one assist in his last five games (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

The Chicago Blackhawks’ organizational depth has begun to break through to the NHL level in 2013-14. Led by Brandon Pirri, a handful of prospects have seen playing time in Chicago so far this season, while the depth on the wing and the blue line allowed General Manager Stan Bowman to swing a trade for former-Blackhawk Kris Versteeg.

Read more»

Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 stocked at center and on the blue line

by Brad Gardner
on

Brandon Saad - Team USA

Photo: With an NHL spot secured, Brandon Saad can set his sights on making a good impression on Team USA brass when the 2013-14 season opens (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks maintain a prospect pool that features both quantity and quality, from potential top-six forwards to versatile blueliners that could contribute down the road. There have not been many changes at the top, but the 2013 draft class increased the competition for lower spots and put three new prospects inside the Top 20.

Read more»

Related Articles