According to a report from ESPN Chicago, the Blackhawks are in discussions with Vermont senior defenseman – and captain – Mike Paliotta.
Paliotta, a third round pick by the Hawks in 2011, had a stellar senior year for the Catamounts. He registered 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) in 41 games this season, and finished tied for second in the nation in assists among defensemen and tied for fourth in points. He was recently selected second team All-Hockey East.
Listed at 6-4 and 205 pounds, Paliotta would add size to the Rockford (and Chicago) blue lines that is missing. Stephen Johns (6-4, 215) and Viktor Svedberg (6-9, 235) are the only two IceHogs defensemen listed at more than 6-3 and more than 210 pounds currently.