2005-06: Despite a disappointing senior season, Pelley wrapped a strong career at OSU playing in all but one game in his entire four-year collegiate career. He was one of only five players (and one of only two forwards) to play in all 39 games this season, posting 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). His 167 shots led the CCHA this season. At OSU, Pelley helped guide the Buckeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four years. He served as an alternate captain on the team in both his senior and junior years.
2006-07: Pelley made a seamless transition to the pro game, and his strong play did not go unnoticed in New Jersey as he was recalled on a couple of occasions to the big club to play the role of fourth-line center. In 65 games on the farm, Pelley had 17 goals, tied for third on the team with and was the leading rookie scorer on the club with 29 points overall.
Jared Ramsden contributed to this profile
Talent AnalysisPelley is a tough, hard-hitting forward who excels in the faceoff circle. He plays with an edge and is fiercely competitive. Pelley’s skating ability combines power with good speed and quickness. He is strong on skates and is tough to move off of the puck. He has great on ice vision and hockey sense. He anticipates where plays are going quite well too.
One of Pelley’s best attributes is his cannon-like shot. He’s a player who also loves to shoot and has a superb wrist shot. He has a real nose for the net and is willing to pay a price in high traffic areas to make the plays.