When the Canadiens sent defenseman Greg Pateryn back to the Hamilton Bulldogs October 2nd , he was told to work on the quickness of his in-game decision making.
That area of his game has improved considerably at the expense of what had been a newly discovered offensive aspect of his game.
The Canadiens front office has liked the defensive improvement enough to earn him a recall. Pateryn will join the Canadiens in Detroit where he will take the roster spot created by the injury to Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar is currently listed as day-to-day after suffering what appeared to be a blow to the head after first period check by Toronto’s David Clarkson Saturday.
Pateryn was never noted for his scoring prowess while earning his four year degree in kinesiology at the University of Michigan but last season he led all Bulldogs defensemen with 15 goals and 34 points. This season, with a combination of poor puck luck and and the emphasis on other areas of his game, he has only 2 goals and 11 assists in 49 games.
This is his third Canadiens recall. He was up for ten games last October and early November when Alexei Emelin was injured but did not play. Two years ago he played in three March games while both Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber were out of the lineup.
Pateryn is a big body. The University of Michigan graduate is 6’2” and 220 lbs.
The Canadiens secured his rights from Toronto in July 2008 along with a second round draft pick (later traded to Chicago) in return for forward Mikhail Grabovski. The trade came less than a week after Toronto had taken him in the fifth round of the draft.