Derek Peltier was a member the bronze medal winning team at the 2002 US Under-18 Select Tournament. During the 2003-04 season, he was the third leading defenseman in points for the USHL. He was named to the All-USHL First team and set a new Cedar Rapids club record for most assists and points by a defensemen. He received LPH/USHL honors for Defensive Player of Week and was selected to the 2004 USHL All-Star World team. He was again named to the Under-18 Select Team for 2004.
2006-07: The University of Minnesota (WCHA) blue-liner tallied four goals and 15 points this season, while also claiming the WCHA title as a junior with the Gophers.
2007-08: Peltier wrapped up his collegiate career this season, netting four goals and a career-high 21 points with the University of Minnesota (WCHA). He also got his first look at professional hockey by appearing in six games (one assist) with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).
2008-09: He got a look at it near the conclusion of last years season, but this marked Peltier’s first full season in the AHL. In 63 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, the D-man potted a pair of goals and 19 points. He also got a look at NHL hockey, appearing in 11 games with the Avalanche.
Peltier is a defenseman that has the ability to jump in on the rush and contribute points. He is a very confident positional player who skates very well. He has a strong shot from the point. He is a very smart patient player that understands his roles on both ends of the ice. He works well with the puck and does a good job of moving it up ice.