In the early afternoon, the Penguins traded their most hotly debated prospect in Derrick Pouliot for Andrey Pedan and a 2018 4th Round Pick. So now we must figure out who Andrey Pedan is and how he fits into the Penguins plans going forward?
Pedan is a hulking defenseman out of Lithuania at 6’5 and 214 pounds. At this size and a limited amount of AHL experience, one would assume that his skating leaves something to be desired but while his skating looks a little awkward, he moves around the ice at a pretty good speed.
According to DobberProspects.com writer Cam Robinson, he is fleet-footed and powerful in his skating and looked to build off an extremely strong 2015-2016 in which he put up 7 goals, 14 assists and 87 PIMS in 45 games. However, he had a disappointing training camp coming into 2016-2017 and never seemed to recover, putting up a decreased 5 goals and 5 assists with 100 PIMS in 52 games with Utica.
His play in Utica is covered very well by Vancouver fan blog Canucks Army, covering how defensively strong Pedan was down in the AHL. They also go on to recap his disappointing year in 2016-2017 here, discussing that he may have been negatively affected by some questionable handling by the Vancouver front office.
Below is a video with some highlights of 2015-2016 season, Pedan’s best in the pro game.
As to where this leaves the Penguins, the answer is that the Penguins have gained a 4th round pick for very little impact on their team. While Pedan doesn’t have a huge amount of offensive upside, he does provide a physical streak that WBS is trying to establish with Trotman, Czuczman, Summers, Tinordi and now Pedan all being over 6’2 and north of 200 pounds. Pedan will slot into the rotation down in WBS and allow Dlyan Zink and potentially Jeff Taylor to head to Wheeling to gain some better minutes.
This move provides the NHL Penguins with some roster flexibility with Pedan having already cleared waivers and doesn’t negatively affect the depth chart as Pouliot had little chance of being more than a depth D this year for the Penguins, a role that Pedan will be able to fill in if he needs to.