The Vancouver-Utica yoyo has been activated once again, as Andrey Pedan is on his way up to join the Canucks. Taylor Fedun, who was recalled just two days ago and watched two games from the press box, is heading back to Utica.
Pedan is a 6’4″, 211 pound defenceman with a mean streak. At age 22, he has yet to appear in an NHL game in his career. If he plays on this call-up, he will be the 7th Canucks player to make his NHL debut this season.
The menacing blueliner leads the Comets in penalty minutes (28), but he’s proven to be more than just an enforcer. Pedan is tied among Utica defenceman in points (1-6-7) in 15 games.
Here’s a scouting report on Pedan from Vancity Buzz prospect guru, Ryan Biech, who watches Comets games regularly:
Pedan is a big-bodied defenceman who skates well for his size, and uses that skating ability to avoid getting himself in trouble in the defensive zone. Pedan has been working on his offensive game this year in Utica by regularly jumping up into the play. He doesn’t have a very hard shot but does have a knack for getting the puck to the net.
Pedan was acquired by GM Jim Benning one year ago in exchange for Alexandre Mallet and a third round draft pick. He got everyone’s attention two months later when he knocked out Habs prospect Jarred Tinordi.
The Canucks begin a difficult four-game road trip in Minnesota on Wednesday.