CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #17 Andrey Pedan

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In November of 2014, newly minted General Manager Jim Benning made one of signature variety of trades by sending disappointing former second-round draft pick Alex Mallet to the New York Islanders, with a third round pick, in exchange for defensive prospect Andrey Pedan.

Nearly a year later, Mallet is no longer with with the Islanders system, having signed with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. And the Canucks recouped the third-round pick they sent to New York in the Brandon Sutter deal. So clearly the Canucks have won this high stakes and very high profile trade!

Continue past the jump as we look – somewhat more seriously – into the 17th best prospect in the Canucks system in our estimation: Andrey Pedan!

Andrey Pedan’s North American hockey career started back in 2010 when he left Lithuania to come to Canada and play in the OHL with the Guelph Storm after being drafted 32nd overall (1st round) of the CHL Import Draft.  That season he only managed to pick up 12 points in 51 games but he was still drafted in the 3rd round by the New York Islanders.  His size and his young age (17.23 years) were positive signals of success, but the lack of scoring did not augur well for his future development.

Pedan played two more years in the OHL where he put up 40 points in 63 games and then 44 points in 60 games and was the 2013 OHL’s most penalized player.  From there he went to the Islanders farm system bouncing between the ECHL and the AHL – partly as a result of the Islanders’ system being absolutely loaded on the blue line. His first full year in Bridgeport he scored 10 points in 28 games. 

After his trade to Utica, Pedan put up 14 points in 42 games while playing on the Comet’s bottom 2 pairings (mainly the third). Unfortunately Pedan’s season was cut short as he suffered a concussion in a March 15th fight against Stu Bickel which will continue to leave questions on what his future as a player looks like.  Coincidentally only two months prior in a fight against Jared Tinordi, Pedan caused a similar injury to his opponent.

In the Calder Cup run Pedan did not suit up, but had returned from his injury and was an available option if needed.  Despite his limited role in the regular season Pedan still came out looking good defensively ending up with a +8.96% even-strength relative goals-for percentage. Pedan also played limited special teams time, both on the power play and penalty kill, but his opportunities there were limited in this season.


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Pedan’s development overtime has been generally heading in the positive direction.  As a defensive defencemen he has a long way to go to ensure he has a roster spot in the NHL, but if Pedan does make it to the big show, his cohorts suggest someone of a bottom pairing defencemen. Some of the well known
players in his cohort include Marc Methot, Adrian Aucoin, and Cory Sairch. 

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Pedan could have a tough path to the show. As a bottom pairing AHL defencemen who is edging closer to his peak, Pedan has to try and jump to the big show as soon as he can if he wishes to establish himself.  With Corrado ahead of him and a number of younger prospects about to leap Pedan in the pecking order this upcoming season (players like Ben Hutton, in particular) the upcoming couple of months will be very critical for Pedan to show what he can do.

… but then again you have players like Ronalds Kenins who can surprise you.

So for now check out his highlights on the year:

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  • I think the back end of that highlight pack will be a big reason why he makes an NHL team at some point – he can fight and is aggressive. The Canucks lack that in a big way. Hopefully he can improve his skills and be that bottom pairing intimidator and a guy who can thrash guys in front of the net on a PK.

  • Goon

    “As a defensive defencemen he has a long way to go”

    “As a bottom pairing AHL defencemen ”

    An individual who plays defence is a defenceman, a group of such individuals are referred to as defencemen.

    I’ve noticed this mistake among other hockey bloggers recently as well, not just picking on you Josh.

  • Spiel

    If I am reading that PCS chart correctly, he has 35-40% chance of being in the NHL based on his points per game from the last two years.

    Does PCS consider the whole package a player brings or just their points per game? Pedan has a lot of tools: physical play, big shot, size, fighting ability, good skater (according to reports). You mention cohorts or Methot, Aucoin, and Sarich. None of them had the same fighting history as Pedan.

    While there are some more young d-men headed to Utica this year, there are also losses of Andersson, Sanguinetti, and Ehrhardt who were competition for Pedan.
    Assuming Corrado makes the big club, right now the projection is for Utica to have Fedun, Biega, Subban on the right side.
    Pedan, Cederholm, Negrin, Hutton, and Mceneny on the left side.

    I think we’ll see Pedan in the top two pairings since he and Negrin are the only two on the left side with any substantial AHL experience.

    Pedan will need to stay healthy. He could turn in to the elusive d-man who can play in the bottom pair and provide a safe working environment for others.

  • GrogZilla

    The Comets watchers were raving about Pedan before he got hurt. Like he was the 2nd coming of Chris Pronger or something.
    Concussions are always going to be a concern with him, but he has shown huge improvement in a short period of time.
    Going to be a very interesting prospect to keep tabs on this year.