Adam Pelech - Erie Otters
6'2" - 210 LBS
D.O.B. August 18, 1994
Pelech entered this his second season with the Otters with high hopes but an early season injury has limited him to 2 games and he could very well miss up to 6 to 8 weeks with a hairline fracture in his wrist.
Pelech comes from a family with bloodlines in hockey. Vancouver Canucks General Manager is his uncle. His older brother Matt was a first round pick of the Flames while middle brother Mike was drafted by the Kings.
But Adam is making a name for himself. In his rookie season, the big defenseman scored once and added 13 assists in 65 games leading him to be named the Otters' Rookie of the Year for 2010-2011. He was a member of the gold medal winning Team Ontario at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Challenge Under 17. In August, he won another gold medal for Canada, this time at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial.
Pelech brings good size and already has the bulk to fill his frame. Defensively he is rock solid. He has intimidating size, uses what seems to be a longer stick that he knows how to use with his already long reach and is almost never caught out of position. He makes good, clean, crisp breakout passes. He is a strong skater but doesn't have blazing speed. He has a good heavy shot from the point that is accurate.
Pelech possesses some offensive ability. In 2009-2010 he played Minor Midget AAA for the Toronto Marlboros where he scored 6 goals and added 28 assists in 69 games. He was on NHL Central Scouting's A list of players to watch for this upcoming season. We also had him ranked number 18 from the OHL in the preseason.
This was to be Pelech's breakout season where, on an Erie squad with a very young defense, he was expected to play upwards of 30 minutes a night. To early to tell how much missing up to two months will hurt his status and even when he does return, it's the type of injury that will take time to fully recover from and make an impact again. If Pelech does drop, one NHL team is going to be very fortunate to grab him when they do.
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