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#4 Nathan Paetsch
Pos: Defense
D.O.B.: 3/30/83
From: LeRoy, Sask
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2003 draft 7th rnd 202nd by Buffalo
Acquired: Signed by Grand Rapids (AHL) 7/9/12
Personal:
Plus: Hard worker... Versatile performer can play up front if needed... Solid defensively... Great vision and passing... Can quarterback powerplay... Good skater... Intelligent Playmaker... Can play physical...
Minus:
Organizational Comments: "Nathan has really been our best all-around defenseman, What I'd say about Nathan is he's highly competitive and highly smart. Those are two great qualities to be a really outstanding hockey player." Griffins Coach Jeff Blashill
What GRC says: 2012-13 Paetsch concentrated more on defense the second half, allowing the development of his normal partner Almquist. He fueled the transition game for the team, breaking up plays and moving the puck up ice to set up a scoring opportunity. The veteran puck-mover came up big in the playoffs where he played a ton of ice time and never stopped skating. He also set the example to do anything to win, blocking shots, banging around the boards and making plays from his knees. He was rewarded for his stellar play with a new two-year contract.
Fall 2012 Paetsch is a solid veteran who can get things done at either end of the ice. A versatile player with a lot of skill and a work ethic to match, expect Paetsch be a calm influence on the young crop of blueliners in grand Rapids this season.
Role: Veteran Defenseman
Projection: NHL 5-6 Defenseman

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Transactions
7/9/12 Signed to 1-yr contract by Grand Rapids (AHL)
7/8/13 Signed to 2-yr contract by Grand Rapids (AHL)