Maximilian Pajpach
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Maximilian Pajpach


Poprad Slovakia

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6th round (174th overall), 2014


207 lbs.

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2010-11: Maximilian Pajpach played for the HK SKP Poprad club in Slovakia – appearing in his first U18 game as a 15-year-old. He had a 1.19 goals against and .958 save percentage in his only U18 game.

 2011-12: Pajpach skated for HK SKP Poprad’s U18 team — sharing the goaltending duties with 17-year-old Erik Gabler. In 34 games he had a 4.36 goals against and .881 save percentage on a team that finished 13th in the 16-team league; missing the playoffs.

2012-13: Pajpach appeared in one game with HK SKP Poprad’s U20 team — skating in 41 game’s with the club’s U18 squad — and played for Slovakia’s U17 team in the 2013 World Hockey Challenge. He did not allow a goal in his only U20 game and had a 3.09 goals against and .909 save percentage with Poprad’s U18 team. In three games at the WHC he had a 6.45 goals against and .848 save percentage.

2013-14: Pajpach played for Slovakia’s U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before joining HK Orange (Slovakia’s national junior team program which has U20 and U18 teams in the Slovakia Extraliga and the second division). In two games at the U20 level Pajpach had a 7.06 goals against and .793 save percentage. Pajpach had better success in 14 games with the HK Orange U18 team; posting a 4.32 goals against and .793 save percentage. He played five games with HK SKP Proprad in the U20 regular season and two playoff games with the Proprad U18 team. In three games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he was 0-3 with a 6.03 goals against and .868 save percentage. Pajpach was ranked ninth amongst international goaltenders in the final Central Scouting rankings and was selected by Colorado in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Pajpach was  expected to play in Finland with the Tappara Tampere U20 junior team but missed the entire season while recuperating from a knee injury.


Talent Analysis

Pajpach has tremendous upside thanks to his size and talent. It has been difficult to gauge him as a goaltender due to the fact that he has been playing on some terribly inept teams in the Slovakian hockey system. His overall career statistics could lead someone to question why he was ever drafted but Pajpach has had some brilliant outings for several Slovakian national teams.


Pajpach attended his first development camp and training camp with Colorado before returning to Finland for his first season of junior hockey with Tappara Tampere. Sharing time with Kimmo Rautianen for the club's U20 squad, he has steadily worked his way back into form. The youngest goalie in the Avalanche pipeline, he is still a long-term project at this point.

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