Coming in at sixth on our Midterm Prospect Rankings is Andrey Pedan. Pedan, 23, is in his third year in the Vancouver Canucks system after coming over via a trade with the New York Islanders that saw Alexandre Mallet and a third round pick head the other way. After two solid seasons in Utica, Pedan looked to be on a positive track toward cracking the Canucks roster but has been unfortunately buried behind a fair number of blue liners above him in the organization. 

This year, the 6’5″ blueliner has struggled to produce in Utica, only putting up 3 points in 22 games. After spending 30 days with the big club, Pedan was recently sent down due to him needing waivers if he stayed in the NHL another day

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Let’s dive into what makes Andrey Pedan our sixth-ranked prospect.


For those of you that are joining us partway through, here’s a quick review the criteria for a qualifying prospect: 

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  • The player must be 25 years or younger, and
  • The player must be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season.

As a result, players that are considered to be “graduated” to the NHL (Brendan Gaunce, Nikita Tryamkin, Jake Virtanen, Anton Rodin) are not eligible.

Career Stats

pGPS & Cohort Breakdowns 

Andrey Pedan Y2Y

Andrey Pedan Deployment (Bar)

Andrey Pedan Cohort

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Andrey Pedan’s pGPS does not bode well for him. While the drop in Pedan’s pGPS from 63% to 9% is concerning and he saw a huge drop largely due to his age and his lack of games played at the NHL level. Pedan’s AHL cohorts are nothing that stands out but they reflect that he can be a serviceable third pairing defender.

With that being said, Pedan does have something very few people on this list have: NHL experience. Not only did Pedan play in the NHL, he actually looked like he could hold his own as a third-pairing blueliner. Statistically and visually, Pedan looked to be a solid option for the Canucks this season and would serve as a quality depth piece should the team run into injury problems.

The one caveat to Pedan’s NHL experience is that it is extremely limited and he received very minimal playing time in his actual position. In his brief 13 game stint with the Canucks last year, Pedan was seemingly experimented with more than the Canucks have done this year with the entire lineup. It is tough for a player to truly show their value if they are not put in a reasonable position to succeed. Given that Pedan was mainly utilized in garbage time as a forward last season, it’s reasonable to believe that Pedan was not put in a reasonable position to succeed and the Canucks could not get an accurate read on what the defender brings to the table. 

Based on everything we have available, both statistically and visually, Pedan is actually a decent defender. He has unfortunately never got the chance to prove it for a lengthy period of time. Because he never got the chance and is nearing his peak, his chances of getting being a regular NHLer dropped significantly.

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Mid-Season Recap

Pedan started off this season in Utica, where he has struggled to find the scoresheet. However, Pedan sits second amongst Comets defenders with a 53.57% Goals For percentage and an impressive 15.48% Goals For percentage relative to his teammates which leads all Comets defenders. He is by far the Canucks most NHL-ready blueliner and was fully deserving of being called up to the big club.

Unfortunately for Pedan, he was unable to crack a lineup even when it was ravaged by injuries and the flu bug recently. It would have been as good of time as ever to give Pedan a shot on the blue line and feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. The Canucks ultimately made the right call in sending him back down to the AHL to avoid him requiring to be placed on waivers seeing as how was not going to receive playing time.

It might be for the best for him to finally get back into game action should the Canucks run into more injury issues and need to call him up.

Final Thoughts

As of right now, Pedan is the most NHL-ready blueline prospect the Canucks have. He may not have the top end offensive abilities of Jordan Subban, but Pedan brings with him the ability to shut down the opposition with his defensive abilities.

You can talk about how likely a player is to succeed at the NHL level based off of their career progression. You can talk about how they looked solid in their limited playing time in their natural position in the NHL. At the end of the day, it does not matter if the player will not be put in the lineup over a player who’s so sick that they’re almost throwing up whenever they get hit.

Barring a coaching change or another slew of injuries and illnesses, it looks like Pedan’s chances on breaking into the NHL with the Canucks are slim. For a team that values size, grit, and tenacity as much as the Canucks do it is quite peculiar that one of the players that fits that bill has yet to be given a shot. Pedan likely will not be a game changing player. His small sample size in the NHL and his career progression in the AHL, however, points towards him being a valuable option for any team needing a quality third pairing defender.

I sincerely hope this is not the last we see of Pedan in a Canucks uniform, as the Canucks seem to have a solid defensive prospect on their hands. Let’s hope the Defensive Datsyuk gets his opportunity to shine in the NHL again.

    • Bud Poile

      And yet,Mallet and a third built depth for Utica and gave insurance to the Canucks in case of a rash of injuries.

      Depth had to be assembled as quick as possible and this is just year #3 building it.

    • To the contrary, the depletion of our prospect pool through the graduation of prospects or trading of prospects for roster players is a testament to the strength of the prospect pipeline now. Benning refreshed the line-up in only three off-season and had to pull prospects faster than they could be produced. The fact that we have three blue chip prospects in Boeser, Juolevi and Demko still to go means that the team has the potential to get even better.

  • Killer Marmot

    Tanev, Edler, Stecher, Gudbranson, Hutton, Tryamkin, Sbisa, Larsen, and Biega.

    And prospects-in-waiting Pedan, Juolevi, Brisebois and Subban.

    The club is drowning in defensemen, most of them young. It’s impossible to handle, and could well result in talented players not getting the shot they deserve, as this article points out. The Canucks need to trade a couple of them for young forwards, which are lacking.

    I would not, however, say that Pedan’s problems are due to mismanagement by the club. Rather the Canucks have been too successful at addressing their lack of defensive talent evident just a year ago.

  • defenceman factory

    Tryamkin’s progression, Gudbranson trade and the resurgence of Sbisa crowded Pedan out of the line-up. Seems Lidster is doing a pretty good job bringing along the young Dmen. Perhaps the time up with the Canucks have helped Pedan.

    I am still hopeful the Canucks will make a move soon to deal a defenceman for a pick or prospect to increase strength at forward. Having Pedan in the system helps make that feasible.

      • Bud Poile

        So,if he is not deemed capable of giving the team the edge to win why would they insert him ?

        Isn’t granting him an NHL salary and experience enough to mobilize Pedan to reach for the next level?

        We’re talking a seventh tweener here.Pro hockey isn’t a bleeding heart charity of your choosing.

        • Cageyvet

          Have you watched Hutton play? His continued appearance in the top 4 amounted to charity, and I like him, I’m just making a point.

          Larsen was underwhelming, we already know what we have in Biega, I would just like to see Pedan get a couple of games in.

          It’s not charity, it’s called seeing where your prospects are in their development. Also, some players seem to do better in the structured environment of the NHL. Anyway, it’s not that big a deal, but in a season like this I think we should be seeing as many of our prospects on the ice as possible.

          • Bud Poile

            He got 13 games in last year and apparently wowed over the coaches and brass so much they put him up as a forward.

            When a player is recalled and is placed on the active roster he practises with NHL players,watches the videos,it’s everything NHL.

            We have Doug Lidster,Doug Jarvis ,Malholtra and Jim Benning watching him practise against NHL players every single day.

            They have seen him on the ice every day for the last month.They’re all extremely talented former NHL players watching over him.

            Hutton I agree with but his offensive capabilities and potential gives him a wider berth.

    • Bud Poile

      The Islanders never gave him a game in his three years in their system.

      This is the third year in the Canucks system. I’m sure they know what they have on their hands and giving him an NHL salary,training and experience with the big club helps him and gives the parent club a close look at his skillset.

  • Steamer

    Getting crowded at the back of the bus: Evan McEneny scored again tonight & named game’s 2nd star. Also would like to see Pedan get an extended look, but who’s gonna sit for him? Stecher didn’t really come ‘out of nowhere’ , no more than Hutton. Stecher garnered lots of attention when with Penticton V’s, then at Univ of N. Dakota – most sought after college free-agent of last off-season.

  • wojohowitz

    Pedan`s problem is not his talent, his physicality, or his commitment. Instead it is his inability to process the game and make the proper decisions when necessary. The comparison might be Sbisa before this season, or how Tanev nearly always seems to make the right choice, or even Tryamkin who will dump the puck out as the safest move rather than force a pass leading to a turnover and a mad scramble.

    • I am Ted

      Have you been watching him play in the AHL? I’m curious where you get this from.

      I don’t think coach Willie ‘trusts’ him so he will not get in yet. WD does not want to deal with rookie mistakes and doesn’t seem interested in developing players at the NHL level. The rookies he has kept have shown they were quick learners (Horvat, Stecher). I don’t blame him for being this way because he is on the hot seat.

      I still am not a WD fan. Not letting Pedan play out last season was idiotic and trying him at wing was also quite painful to watch. I can’t wait for WD to be gone. He isn’t all bad but he really isn’t an NHL coach.

      Pedan is enticing and is probably a 5/6 guy now and might turn into something more. D men need to play to develop.

      Benning said he is looking at dealing a D-man for forward and that makes total sense. Canucks have tons of depth on D and need to address their scoring issues.

      • defenceman factory

        I certainly share your concerns about how Willie utilizes his players but I think Wojohowitz raises valid concerns about Pedan’s game. That is probably why he is in Utica playing big minutes and hopefully developing.

        Playing him at wing last year was bush league.

        • I am Ted

          I am sure there are concerns. D men usually take longer to learn the position. He’s in Utica for a reason, I’m sure. I wonder if there’s an actual report noting the issues or if someone is just saying things. If there are comments then maybe a link could be provided.

        • Whackanuck

          Willie is a college coach. Freshmen don’t play.
          Pedan passing through waivers suggests his value is very low. About zero at the NHL level. The only way to build that value is to play him but at the cost of losing games with a playoff mandate? I think not.

          The Canucks need to stop cuddling with replaceable players. The next step is the new core-top line and top 2 D.

  • Braindead Benning

    Pedan might just be a late bloomer or end up being as an AHL D-Man… who knows… but there are guys such as Rome for example who can fill the void if needed, so perhaps he may up end up as that type of player which is always useful to have

  • Hockey Warrior

    Wow – I could make a small FORTUNE selling GLASSES on here with so many SHORTSIGHTED windowlickers tripping over themselves to accept MEDIOCRITY.

    Trade any of these Defensive plugs except for superb MIKE GILLIS signing CHRISTOPHER TANEV for KEVIN SHATTENKIRK and sign him to a massive extension before he hits a home run with someone else in FREE AGENCY. That’s how you build a WINNER guys!

    “Jeez, our defence is so deep and awesome” they squawk as it languishes in the BOTTOM TEN as it has done all season… next you’ll be telling me the SEDINS are Hall of Famers despite letting us down in the playoffs and NEVER winning a cup.

    Get a grip guys – I’m looking for a STANLEY CUP here – are YOU?!

    • DJ_44

      Let’s ship off one of the better shut-down D-men in the league for the rights to speak to pending UFA.

      If Shattenkirk wants to come to Vancouver, for money or opportunity (?), then trading for him is not required, since his services post-TDL are not worth a Tanev.

      I think drool is hitting your keyboard….right by the cap-locks key.

      • Hockey Warrior

        Oh look guys, it’s the annoying little MUTT who follows me around tugging at my pant leg begging for attention L-o-L

        Learn to read kid – i said trade any D EXCEPT Tanev.

        I told you before boy, you TRADE for Shatty NOW and lock him up on a multi year EXTENTION, BEFORE he hits free agency and the price goes through the roof and other off season suitors come into play DUHH – The Blues want a TRADE NOW as they don’t want to lose him for NOTHING get it!!! (rhetorical)

        Indeed guys, Elliot Freidman has already suggested Tampa TRADING Ben BISHOP for Shatty… so the time is now fellas. END OF.

        Now, run along mutt, TAIL between your legs!

  • JuiceBox

    Hey guys, have any of you been following the comets closely this year? If you were you would know there is a reason Pedan has come up and down and been kept strictly as a bench warmer. His play prior to Christmas was borderline atrocious and has only recently started to turn a corner. Pedan has all the skill and talent to make the NHL but his work ethic and hockey IQ is not where it needs to be for him to make the jump. Coach Green and the Comets coaching staff have been working hard with him all season but his development is taking longer than anticipated.

    You guys need to give this management group the benefit of the doubt. These are people who know the player far better than any of us do and I we should be more respectful of their judgement when it comes to player development. To sit there any say that the Canucks have mismanaged this player without knowing anything about the player or his developmwnt or the situation is just plain ignorant.

  • Fred-65

    Frankly IMO there are two strikes against Pedans opportunity. Willy needs Willy to survive and the Hell with development (plus Aquaman wants into the play-offs). And we all know how that story will end. Pedan is not spectacular as a puck mover, his agility and his Hockey IQ is in question. But that’s true of Gudbranson too. One is paid $4 million and the other is paid $700K. Benning has thrown his hat in the ring because he wants his Gudbranson trade to succeed. Sorry Andre three strikes and you’re out AND even more unfortunate for you you’re still a RFA at the end of the season so you have likely a further year of being screwed around.

    Frankly from top to bottom Vcr has too many of the same sort/style on it’s roster IMO. If you want what Pedan brings there needs to be a concerted effort. There is not a skilled Pedan imposter hanging from a tree branch near you. They have to be manufactured and one component of that it trusting and developing.