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Size, Youth and Toughness - Matt Pelech

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Scouting Report:


  • Has tremendous size and the aggressive nature scouts love from the blue-line position. Can both intimidate and shut down opposing forwards.


  • Doesn't have a lot of offensive upside. Also needs to play with greater consistency and make better decisions with the puck on his blade.

Matt Pelech, drafted 26th overall by the Flames in 2005, is 6'4, 235lb and only 24 years old. He has played 5 NHL games where he registered 3 points and a +1. Pelech is also the nephew of Mike Gillis.


- Former first round pick

- 34 fights last two seasons in the AHL, many against formidable opponents

- Good skater for his size and respectable defensively

- Not much offensive upside but he did put up 35 points in 58 games in the OHL, so he is not completely void of any skill

- Cheap 8th or 9th defenseman that can bring toughness when needed


- Lacks NHL experience

- We would have to acquire him from San Jose

- Limited offensive ability

I could see him signing a 1 year deal and maybe getting into 25-30 games. He would bring much needed physicality to our team at a low price. His age provides a bit of upside and his defensive ability makes him not too much of a liability.

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If we really wanted to get him, a trade wouldn't be needed as we could do an offer sheet. For anything this low, there wouldn't be any compensation to give back to the Sharks.

Why we'd want to do that and potentially piss them off over a player most likely to be in the AHL (and opening the doors for our RFAs yet unsigned to have the same happen).

Not to mention, we have guys like Yann Sauve who are similar in style but are perhaps more well rounded that will challenge for spots.

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We could always use more size and grit on our bottom pairing. Ballard-Tanev is the opposite of what we need in the playoffs. Pelech could complement Ballard better, or we could just go for a bruising Alberts-Pelech pairing that would only play 15 minutes a game, but focus on wearing down and physically breaking the opponents forwards. That's how you win a cup nowadays.

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