Another RFA defenseman for the Penguins has signed in Europe. After weeks of speculation and questionable reports, Championat.com has reported that Andrey Pedan, who spent all year with WBS Penguins, has signed for reigning KHL champions Ak Bars Kazan.
The hulking Lithuanian was acquired just before the first day of the NHL season in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks alongside a 4th round pick (later used to acquire Brassard) that ended Derrick Pouliot’s career in Pittsburgh. Pedan had put together a relatively solid year in the AHL, working his way onto the dismal Baby Penguins powerplay towards the end of the year and registering career highs in both goals and assists.
However, his penchant for stick infractions and his questionable lateral mobility were his downfall as a professional prospect. While he was a good skater in a straight line, his acceleration was never strong and his lack of agility led him to his stick infractions.
His departure leaves the Penguins with 10 defenseman under contract, with 3 RFAs. As the Penguins like to carry 16 D-men into the season, expect them to add 3 depth free agents in July, unless a trade transpires, addressing the need.