By Eldon MacDonald
65. Mike Paliotta - “Top Cat” - D - USA
Vitals: Size - 6’3”, 198 lb.; Shoots right; Born 16-Apr-93 - West Port CT
Team: USA NDP U18, USHL
2010-11 Stats: 52-1-12-13-71 + U18 - 6-0-1-1-2-(-2)
65 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
67 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
112 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (86th North American skater)
132 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
69 - Chicago Black Hawks
Mike is committed to play at the University of Vermont Catamounts next year.
Mike is in no way a finished product but he has learned a lot going through the NDP program. Scouts are hoping that when he finally fills out and learns to use his “God-given” physical tools to their full extent that he will be able to be “Billy-Goat-Gruff” every night, ouch!!!