Anthony Peluso
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Anthony Peluso

Hometown:

King City Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-04-18

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (160th overall), 2007

Weight:

236 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Anthony Peluso served as resident tough guy on the Erie Otters blue line. He checked, banged, and punched his way to 176 penalty minutes, a big increase over the previous year’s total. The big defenseman primarily played defense this season, a switch from his usual forward position.

2007-08: Peluso spent time at the blueline for two different OHL clubs this season, the Erie Otters and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In 21 games with Erie, he netted three goals and three assists, along with 41 PIM. After the trade, he recorded another 15 points (4g+11a) and another 83 minutes in the box. In 14 playoff games with the Greyhounds, he recorded another pair of goals and an assist.

2008-09: Peluso began his final OHL season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he scored 9 goals, 6 assists for 15 points in 36 games while earning 68 PIMs. He was traded to the Brampton Battalion, where his production improved to 11 goals, 11 assists for 22 points in 27 games. Peluso added 8 goal, 7 assists for 15 points in 21 playoff games.

2009-10: In his first pro season, Peluso skated in 22 games with Peoria in the AHL. He scored 1 goal, 1 assist and earned 57 PIMs for the Rivermen. He skated in 27 ECHL games with the Alaska Aces, scoring 4 goals, 7 assists for 11 points and earning 48 PIMs. He added 1 goal in 4 ECHL playoff games. Peluso was assigned to the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL for 2 games in which he recorded 1 assist and 12 PIMs.

2010-11: Peluso appeared in 62 of 80 games for Peoria in his first full AHL season. After splitting the previous season between three different leagues (AHL, ECHL, IHL), Peluso found his niche with the Rivermen as an energy line forward. He had 102 PMs, including 14 fighting majors, and scored 5 goals with 2 assists and a -11 plus/minus. Peluso skated in all four games during Peoria's first-round playoff series with Houston and scored 1 goal with an even plus/minus.

2011-12: Peluso skated in 60 games for Peoria in his third pro season – primarily in an enforcer and energy role. He led the Rivermen with 159 penalty minutes – chipping in offensively with 4 goals and 5 assists and finishing plus-two for the year. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Peluso signed a two-way, one-year contract with St. Louis in July 2012.

 

Talent Analysis

Peluso relies on his size and toughness to provide his teams with an intimidating presence.  His grinding game may be more suited to play at a forward position, therefore he will likely be on the wing.

 


 

Future

Peluso was claimed off of waivers by the Winnipeg Jets following the end of the NHL lockout.

 

 

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