When being chosen for a tournament roster such as those of the countries taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship, a player may have to accept a role that is quite different from the one that the player has on their main club.
Such is the case for Canada defenseman Adam Pelech, who plays for the Erie Otters of the OHL. Pelech has been generating offense from the blueline for the Otters this season and is that club's top first-pairing defender. In 32 games for the Otters, Pelech has scored eight goals and added 16 assists for 24 points to go along with a +23 rating.
With Team Canada, however, Pelech is slotted on the third pairing, meaning his minutes will be less than what he is normally used to playing in Erie. The New York Islanders prospect hasn't generated any offense through four games of this tournament, but that doesn't necessarily mean he isn't fulfilling his role with Canada.
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