Matt Pelech(23) San Jose Sharks

6th year, former Calgary Flames‘ 1st round pick in the 2005 draft (#26 overall) redwood tree tall defenseman Matt Pelech(23) re-signed for another 0ne-year, two-way deal for 2012/2013 with San Jose Sharks that will likely see him skating mostly with their AHL affiliate Worcester Sharks, where he spent all of last season.

The 6’4 235 lbs. menacing blue liner played in 59 games with 1 goal and 8 assists. He was sometimes sent out there as a forward in certain games when they were short up front. That may have been how he got his goal.

He’s appeared in 269 regular season and 13 Calder Cup Playoff games, mostly in his first four years with the Flames‘ affiliate Quad City Flames, then Abbotsford Heat.

Last in the 2008/2009 season he was recalled for his only 5 NHL games. The almost extraordinary part is that he notched 3 assists and even a +1 plus/minus.

But that was it.  Not another even toe dip on the ice in the show.

The soon-to-be 25 year old does have a bit of an awkward, seemingly almost off balance skating style but he’s such a big dude that some skating coach should work with that and turn him into a machine. He can obviously throw down some punches when necessary; he had 168 pims that included 16 fights in 2011/2012.


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