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Don’t Doubt Max Pacioretty

I don’t know if there is a continuously more questioned scorer than Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty.

Through 30 games this season Pacioretty has a disappointing 8 goals and 9 assists for a total of 17 points. Not numbers that anyone is happy with, Pacioretty included. His pace this season, coupled with being snake bitten in the playoffs last year, has lead to an onslaught by the Montreal fan base and media against the team’s captain.

Hilariously enough, at this point last season Pacioretty had scored 7 goals and 18 points. He finished with 35 goals and 67 points, leading the Canadiens (a playoff team) in both goals and points.

I am willing to bet my left kidney he’ll do the same again this year.

Here’s more fun facts about the elite talent of Max Pacioretty:

  • So far this season Max Pacioretty has taken 123 shots, putting him on pace for more than 336, which would easily be a career year in shot volume.
  • Over the course of his career he has managed to score on 11% of his shots, this season he’s doing so on only 6.5%. Numbers that are that low compared to a career average never stay that way.
  • For those of you that would like to respond with the really boring hockey cliche of “he only shoots from the outside” please refer to the below shot maps for Pacioretty this season. Look at the obscene amount of shots taken from the slot. These are areas player can score from with regularity.

Patches Shot Map Patches Shot 2


  • Over the past 4 seasons he has scored 141 goals for an average on 35.25 goals a season.
  • He has scored more than 30 goals in every full season he has played since 2010-2011.
  • In the past 4 years Pacioretty’s 5v5 goal scoring (which is by far the most frequent playing time) is second to only Alex Ovechkin.

The man is an elite hockey player, no debate about that carries any credibility.

Still not convinced? Well I don’t know how to help you. His playoff performance last year was superb. I understand he did not score but the man took 28 shots on net, many from good areas on the ice.

Luck is a serious factor in the NHL. Pacioretty has had bad luck before and he will again (as he is right now), but he has enough track record to prove that for every slump, he has a hot streak just as long and powerful. Good goal scorers are streaky, that’s just how it is.

There are very few scorers with the ability of Max Pacioretty, so enough of the questioning, he’ll score 30 goals again this year and we’ll all be really happy.

When he gets traded for a second Andrew Shaw, just remember what his value actually is. Talent like that is rare, and the Habs have already dumped one superstar in the past few years, let’s not do this again.


  1. Noah

    December 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Some of what you say is true but this team needs to be rebuilt and unfortunately pacc has to go in order to help that rebuild. We should be using him and every other vet, including price, to accumulate top PROSPECTS from other teams, and then draft high for a few years(top 5) so that we can really have elite talent surrounding our pretty good young core.

  2. habbernack

    December 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Blah , blah, blah, blah

  3. cbhabsfan

    December 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Unfortunately, Kristian, habbernack’s intelligent and nuanced comment above accurately reflects the general attitude of most of the Habs fans I talk to regularly towards Pacioretty.
    It makes about as much sense as why all those poor and powerless people down south voted in a well-connected billionaire to solve their many serious problems, but it is what it is.
    Inexplicable and it flies in the face of the any facts worth considering, but the constant scorn heaped upon the team’s captain by a sizeable portion of its fan base is a harsh reality that will likely become a factor when Pacioretty reaches free agency.
    These hockey Einsteins who think a perennial 30-goal goal scorer who is woefully underpaid as well as underappreciated will take a hometown discount on his next contract are sadly mistaken.
    He’ll get a $8-9 million cap hit on his next contract. And the team that signs him will be glad they got him.
    Trade him now, while there’s still some term left on that incredibly cheap contract. He’d be an idiot to re-sign here.