Saturday, January 03, 2009

A Couple Former Wolverines Score Their First Goals

Max Pacioretty scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on his first NHL shot last night for the Canadiens.

Andrew Ebbett also tallied the first goal of his career for the Anaheim Ducks. He has 1-3--4 in six games this season.

With Pacioretty cracking the NHL, the Wolverines now have 22 players who have played in the NHL this season. And ya gotta believe Jed Ortmeyer makes it 23 in the near future. He's in the minors after a slew of injuries forced him to miss the end of last season and all of training camp. He has 7-5--12 in 15 games in Milwaukee.

That's 16 forwards, 5 defensemen, and a goalie. You could almost make an entire team out of former Wolverines who have played in the NHL this year.

Mike Cammalleri and Mike Knuble are tied for the "team" lead with 14 goals. If I were to ask you who was #3 on the goal list, would you believe it's David Moss? Crazy.

At least one person has Matt Hunwick in the mix for the Calder Trophy. He's tied for 19th in the league in +/- (with Nick Lidstrom) and is tied for 5th among defensemen. He also has 15 points in 27 games back on the blueline.


Anonymous said...

Didn't he score last year against the Wings?

Packer487 said...

Ebby? You know, it didn't sound right to me either that this was his first goal, but I looked it up and it was. And he didn't play against the Wings last year (though that sounded vaguely familiar to me too).

It would make sense though, since seemingly every player in the league scores their first goal against the Wings...

Anonymous said...

There are highlights on Youtube from last year that have Pacioretty scoring in regulation on Howard and then again in a shoot-out. Was this exhibition? I know for a fact he scored against the Wings last year, but there are no stats for it online.

Packer487 said...

Oh Pacioretty...Yeah that was October 1 during the exhibition season this year.

This was his first regular season game.