Alex Peters
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Alex Peters

Hometown:

Blyth Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-07-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

3rd round (75th overall), 2014

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2011-12: Alex Peters appeared in three midget major games (including two playoff contests) with the Huron Perth Lakers in Ontario; spending most of the season with the club’s midget minor team. He had no points and 2 penalty minutes with the midget major squad. In 28 midget minor regular season games he scored 8 goals with 5 assists and had 14 penalty minutes. Peters scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. Competing for Huron Perth in the OHL Cup he had 2 assists in four games. The Plymouth Whalers selected Peters in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Peters, whose older brothers Justin Peters (CAR) and Anthony Peters were both OHL goalies, skated for Plymouth as a 16-year-old. He had 12 assists and was +9 with 31 penalty minutes in 58 games for the Whalers during the regular season. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and reached the conference finals against OHL champion London. Peters skated in 13 playoff games; finishing +4 with 1 assist and 11 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Peters returned to Plymouth for his second OHL season with the Whalers. Limited to 50 regular season games due to nagging injuries, he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -3 with 44 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished fourth in the West Division and faced eventual OHL champion Guelph in the first round. Peters was -6 with no points and 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was selected to play for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where he skated with Stars’ 2014 first round pick Julius Honka. Peters was ranked 56th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Dallas in the third round (75th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Peters is a hulking, defensive defenseman who is a tremendous physical specimen. He could improve his skating but he moves well laterally and he possesses good leverage and balance. Peters can move the puck with mild effectiveness, but he does not possess an exciting offensive upside. What he does bring is leadership and physicality; though his hits carry him out of position at times. Peters is a raw player who is still learning the game. His timing needs work and he makes poor reads on layered plays, which prompts him to leave his feet often and unnecessarily. Overall, his hockey sense is on the low side and it may affect his long-term growth. A serious knee injury suffered at the beginning of the 2014-15 season has set back his progress.

Future

Peters skated for the Dallas entry in the 2014 Traverse City prospect tournament and attended training camp with the Stars before returning to Plymouth for the 2014-15 season. In his third season of major junior hockey he was named a team captain for the Whalers. He had two assists on opening night and skated in eight games; suffering a serious knee injury that kept him out of the Subway Series and will likely keep him out of the lineup for most of the season. Long range, Peters' size and temperament suggests he can be an effective defensive defender at the NHL level one day. His injury has set back his progress and he will need to refine his game but there are elements to like in his game.

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