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Marlies sign right-shooting defender Michael Paliotta

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The Leafs continue to improve on an area of weakness on the Mariles

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits
Drafted 70th overall in 2011, Michael Paliotta has carved out a solid AHL career.
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Michael Paliotta is a very good example of a player who was drafted in the third round, and fulfilled the usual outcome for picks that late: He’s not quite an NHL player. He is a good AHL defenceman though, and even better, he shoots right.

The right-handed depth at defence on the Marlies last year was very bad. The standard set-up was some left-hander playing on the right side, often on two pairs. This year, the organization is taking steps to right that wrong.

The lop of the list is new NHL-contracted AHL player Vincent LoVerde. Next is Marlies stalwart Justin Holl, who was resigned to an NHL deal for another year.

Now we add Paliotta on an AHL contract. He is a college player of good skill, and has scored a good amount in two seasons in the AHL. He’s only 24, and should be a great addition to the team.

The only drawback from a fan’s point of view, is that Paliotta is another name that comes between Timothy Liljegren and an AHL season.

Just the fact that the Leafs are now loading the Marlies with more than enough top-quality players instead of barely enough players who can contribute is a sign the organization is digging in for a long-term commitment to developing players at all levels.

Welcome to the Marlies, Michael Paliotta.

Michael Paliotta via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2007-2008 Choate Rosemary Hall USHS - - - - -
2008-2009 Choate Rosemary Hall USHS 24 1 14 15 -
2009-2010 USNTDP Juniors USHL 32 1 6 7 43
U.S. National U17 Team USDP 50 2 12 14 53
USA U17 WHC-17 6 0 2 2 4
2010-2011 USNTDP Juniors USHL 24 0 5 5 35
U.S. National U18 Team USDP 60 1 14 15 77
USA U18 WJC-18 6 0 1 1 2
2011-2012 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 30 4 6 10 44
2012-2013 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 35 1 9 10 50
2013-2014 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 38 5 22 27 51
2014-2015 Univ. of Vermont NCAA 41 9 27 36 40
Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2015-2016 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 4
Cleveland Monsters AHL 68 8 15 23 29 Playoffs 8 0 0 0 0
2016-2017 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 52 1 13 14 20