Vegas Golden Knights acquire Canadiens' forward Max Pacioretty
September 10, 2018 10:23 AM
by Staff & Wire Reports
Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee have acquired forward Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward TomasTatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second round draft pick originally belonging to Columbus.
The 29-year-old Pacioretty is a veteran of 626 NHL games – all with the Canadiens – and has tallied 226 goals and 222 assists for 448 points. He has also appeared in 38 playoff games for Montreal with 10 goals and nine assists. Last season, Pacioretty tallied 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 64 games. He has recorded 30 goals or more in five seasons and recorded a career-high 39 goals during the 2013-14 season.
The native of New Canaan, Conn was named the 29th captain in Canadiens history on September 18, 2015 and was the 2012 Masterton Award Winner, which is given to an NHL player who player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Pacioretty was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Tatar appeared in 20 games for the Golden Knights during the 2017-18 season after being acquired on Feb. 26, 2018 for three draft picks. Suzuki was drafted by the Golden Knights in the first round (13th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Tatar was expected to contribute more offensively after being acquired from the Red Wings. Pacioretty gives the Knights a veteran in the locker room with plenty of Stanley Cup experience and leadership.