Obviously the Canadiens saw something in Greg Pateryn’s game that they liked. One month after he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, they acquired his rights in return for forward Mikhail Grabovski. They’ve had to wait four years for Pateryn to complete his studies at the University of Michigan but finally they signed him to a two year entry level professional contract.
The Canadiens wanted Pateryn to join the Hamilton Bulldogs for their final games of this season but he still has classes to complete before getting his degree from the Michigan school of kinesiology where he was majoring in movement science . He’ll join the Canadiens organization in the fall.
With the Wolverines Pateryn was paired on defence with Mac Bennett, who was drafted by the Canadiens in 2009. Max Pacioretty and Aaron Palushaj along with former Canadiens Michael Cammalleri and Mike Komisarek also played for Michigan under coach Red Berenson before turning pro.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department
MONTREAL (March 28, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Greg Pateryn to a two-year contract (2012-13 and 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Pateryn tallied 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 41 games this season with the CCHA’s Michigan Wolverines. The 6’02’’ and 212 lbs defenseman served 65 penalty minutes. He played one game in the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, presenting a +1 differential and three shots on goal.
A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Pateryn, 21, recorded 43 points (6 goals and 37 assists) and 143 penalty minutes in 142 games since his college debut with Michigan in 2008-09. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round, 128th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Pateryn was acquired from the Maple Leafs on July 3, 2008 with a second round draft pick in 2010, in return for Mikhail Grabovski.