Max-Packed off

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.

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