WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport hockey player Michael Paliotta agreed last week to a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.
Paliotta, a 23-year-old defenseman, made his NHL debut with Chicago on April 11, 2015, when he tallied his first career assist. He played in one game last season with Columbus.
The 6-4, 212-pounder played in 68 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-four rating and 29 penalty minutes. He tied for first among Lake Erie defensemen in goals and ranked second among Lake Erie defensemen in points in 2015-16.
Paliotta tallied his first career AHL assist/point while making his AHL debut on Oct. 9, 2015 at Rochester. In addition, he posted a plus-seven rating in eight playoff games while helping the Monsters win the Calder Cup.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Paliotta played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont. He also represented the United States in several tournaments
Paliotta was selected by Chicago in the third round, 70th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.