Mathieu Darche punched Max Pacioretty’s ticket to Hamilton.
Against St. Louis on Wednesday, Max-Pac played 14:05 and veteran Darche 9:05.
In New Jersey, Pacioretty played 6:23 and my man from McGill 9:49. Darche scred a goal, added an assist and was named the game’s first star.
Last night, Darche had another assist, added three hits and played 10:11. In his last game at the Bell Centre for a while, Max-Pac played 12:36 but didn’t do much.
I’d still rate Pacioretty well ahead of Matt D’Agostini on the depth chart. But Max-Pac can be farmed out without waivers, which is not the case for D’Ags.
Pacioretty may not see it that way, but this is a positive move for his development.
He has size and some wheels, but Max-Pac’s game is very raw.
Let’s see what Guy Boucher can do with the kid.