The off-season training came to an immediate halt for Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, as he suffered a knee injury in training and the team now expects him to be sidelined for 12 weeks, because of the injury.
12 weeks or three months, no matter which way you slice it, will bring the recovery time into the beginning of October, just around the time of puck drop on the 2016 regular season. Whether or not he'll be able to dress for opening night, October 7th, away to Toronto, will be up for debate, as we move closer to the start of the year, but you have to assume that it is the goal to be ready.
In the 2015 season, Pacioretty finished with 37 goals and 67 points in 80 games for the Canadiens, ranking him 36th overall in pool scoring, 21st among all forwards. With those numbers, he is thought to be a solid selection in the second round of the pool draft, which should go only a few days before the start of the regular season. The news on Pacioretty will be very important at the draft.