Andrey Pedan
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Andrey Pedan

Hometown:

Moscow Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-03

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

3rd round (63rd overall), 2011

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Andrey Pedan, who was born in Lithuania,continued to play for Soviet Wings’ 1993-team while also training in the Wings’ sports school.

2009-10: Pedan split the season between OHK Dynamo Moscow’s MHL and U-18 teams. In 25 MHL games, he scored 8 goals with 12 assists and had 109 PMs. In three games with the U-18 team, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 12 PMs. Pedan represented Russia at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial U-18 tournament and in four games was +4 with 8 PMs and no points. The OHL Guelph Storm selected Pedan in the first round (32nd overall) of the CHL Import draft. He was also a first round territorial pick (18th overall) by OHK Dynamo Moscow in the KHL territorial draft.

2010-11: Pedan showed steady improvement in his first season in North America playing junior hockey for the Guelph Storm. In 51 OHL regular season games, he scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was –11 plus/minus with 89 PMs. Pedan played a big role for the Storm in their tight, six-game first-round playoff series loss to Saginaw (4 of the 6 games were decided by one goal). Pedan had team-best eight assists in the series and was +1. He played for bronze medal-winning Team Russia at the World Junior U-18 Championships and had 2 assists in six games. Pedan was ranked 85th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the 3rd round (63rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Pedan provided both toughness and offensive support on the blue line for the Guelph Storm in his second OHL season. He had a team-high 152 penalty minutes and was the second-leading scorer amongst Storm defensemen with 10 goals and 30 assists. Pedan was minus-eight in 63 games. Guelph reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Pedan was minus-six with 1 goal and 2 assists in the six-game playoff series with Plymouth.

2012-13: Pedan made his pro hockey debut in April — skating for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport — and was the leading scorer amongst Guelph Storm defensemen in his third OHL season. Pedan had 2 assists in eight games and was minus-2 with 7 penalty minutes with the Sound Tigers. He scored 14 goals with 30 penalty minutes in 60 games for the Storm, missing time after suffering a foot injury at the tryout for Russia’s U20 team. Pedan had an even plus/minus with the Storm and had a team-high 145 penalty minutes. In the five-game playoff series with Kitchener he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 16 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Pedan split his first pro season between Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport and the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder — missing much of the year due to an “upper body” injury. He began the year in the AHL with the Sound Tigers, skating in nine games before being injured in November and missing over two months. He returned to the Sound Tigers late in February after a rehab stint with the Thunder. In 28 AHL games he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was minus-2 with 43 penalty minutes. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs. Pedan had no points and was minus-4 with 6 penalty minutes in five February games with Stockton. The Thunder finished third in the Pacific Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs.  Pedan played in two playoff games and was an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties. 

Talent Analysis

Slowed by an "upper body injury" in his first pro season, Pedan is a tall defenseman who skates well and relishes the physical side of the game. He possesses considerable technical and offensive skills but it is his combativeness that attracted the attention of scouts. Pedan can handle himself when challenged and is positionally sound in his own end.

Future

Pedan is in his second pro season in 2014-15 — beginning the year with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder before being re-called by Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport in October 2014. With three high profile 20-year-olds making their pro debuts with the Sound Tigers this season, Pedan faces a challenge in trying to see regular ice time. To-date, he has mostly been a heavyweight enforcer with Bridgeport. Long-term it remains to be seen how much upside there is to Pedan's game.

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