Westport, Conn.'s Paliotta goes to Chicago

Westport, Conn. native Michael Paliotta was the first local to come off the board in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Chicago Blackhawks with the 70th overall pick in the third round.

The former Choate-Rosemary Hall standout spent the last two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program's U-18 team. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound defenseman is a Vermont recruit.

Paliotta had one goal and 12 assists for 13 points with 71 penalty minutes in 52 games played last season.