Defenceman Greg Pateryn went from being a Maple Leafs’ draft pick to a member of the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in a matter of days.
Today, the University of Michigan product is primed to embark on a professional career with the Habs after coming over to Montreal in the trade that sent Mikhail Grabovski to the Leafs prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
“I got a call from the Leafs’ director of player development to tell me that I was traded,” said Pateryn. “It was 8 o’clock in the morning. That was definitely a different way to start the day.”
Pateryn finished as the top defenceman along the University of Michigan blueline and was pleased with his development.
“I feel like a better person and a better player all around.”
Listen in as Kinsesiology Major Greg Pateryn joins CJAD’s Abe Hefter in The Locker Room.