Adam Pelech
Adam Pelech
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While he played fewer minutes in the same amount of games during his second full NHL season, Pelech produced more goals (5) and points (21) while posting a career-best plus-22 rating in 2018-19. Like many of the Islanders defenders, he benefited from Barry Trotz's defensive structure and a jump from 2.8 to 4.5 in shooting percentage. Pelech is also a solid contributor in the "extra categories" -- he recorded 149 hits and 116 blocks in 78 games last campaign. He's still only 24, but if Pelech is going to take another step forward in fantasy circles, he'll have to receive more playing time. The 2012 third-round pick almost never skated on the power play last season, which would represent a potential opportunity for him to improve his numbers, but there's no currently indication that he will receive additional minutes at even strength or on the man advantage in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Islanders in July of 2017.
Top-pair defender
DNew York Islanders
October 4, 2019
The Islanders consider the pairing of Ryan Pulock and Pelech to be their best, so they'll go up against their opponent's top line more often than not, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
This duo only allowed 22 goals in over 800 minutes of ice time together at even strength last season. Those numbers show why coach Barry Trotz considers this pair to be the best for the Islanders. Trotz would like to see more offense out of Pelech and the rest of the defense, but how you play in your defensive zone is still most important. Pelech had five goals and 21 points to go along with a rating of plus-22 in 78 games last year. Solid numbers, but ones that the Isles hope will increase this campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
At 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, Pelech is a physical specimen on the blue line, but the offense has been hard to come by during his young NHL career. Over his first full season in 2017-18, he scored just three goals and 19 points with a plus-7 rating. Pelech notched the same amount of goals last campaign as he did in 2016-17, despite receiving more than double the amount of minutes. The 23-year-old averages more than a hit and block per game, so he's useful to fantasy owners in that regard, but the real hope is that he starts inflicting more damage on opponents within the attacking zone.
With the trade of Travis Hamnoic over the summer there is a spot open on the blue line for either Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield, or Pelech. The Isles thought highly enough of Pelech to ensure that he wasn't taken by Las Vegas in the expansion draft. A strong showing by Pelech during camp could force the Islanders hand but most expect Pulock to win that final slot with one of Pelech or Mayfield serving as injury insurance and being a healthy scratch most nights while the other is playing with Bridgeport of the AHL.
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Two points in four playoff games
DNew York Islanders
April 24, 2019
Pelech had two assists and a rating of plus-3 in the Islanders' four-game sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
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Two points in last three games
DNew York Islanders
April 2, 2019
Pelech has two assists in his last three games.
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Spoils shutout in loss
DNew York Islanders
March 3, 2019
Pelech scored his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.
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One point in last 10 games
DNew York Islanders
February 20, 2019
Pelech has three goals, nine assists, and a rating of plus-15 in 54 games this season.
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Snaps slump in style
DNew York Islanders
January 18, 2019
Pelech tallied two assists to complement a plus-2 rating in Friday's 2-0 win over the Capitals.
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