Michael Pelech(27) Peoria Rivermen

4th year center Michael Pelech(27) finally struck for his first tally in his fifth AHL recall, his third this season.

The 6’3″ 203 lbs. power forward has been basically a point-per-game guy in the ECHL for his last couple of campaigns, including the current one, in which he has 13 goals and 33 assists in 50 contests with Cincinnati Cyclones.

Originally a Los Angeles Kings‘ 6th round pick in the 2009 draft (#156 overall), he spent his entire rookie year with Ontario Reign but was signed to a one-year deal with affiliate Manchester Monarchs.

He started his sophomore season with the Monarchs but was reassigned once again after 5 games with no points. His point production also slumped slightly in 2010/2011.

By the start of his third year, he needed to find a new home and inked a deal with Toledo Walleye. It wasn’t too far into the season though before he was traded to Cincinnati, the team that he would find his scoring stride with.

He finished 2011/2012 with them popping in 16 goals and 44 assists in 60 games, and a career best +17 rating. He also earned a one game call-up to Norfolk Admirals.

In a no-brainer move he re-signed with the Cyclones and continue on his point scoring streak through the new year, when he started get phone calls from AHL teams.

His first call was to join his older brother Matt’s team Worcester Sharks for four games. He got his first point, an assist. A couple weeks later he was summoned again to Connecticut Whale but failed to connect and was released.

It wasn’t until his current recall to Peoria Rivermen that he finally found the back of the net. He has been with the team now through 7 games.

The still only 23-year old could very easily play out the regular season where he is or once again get reassigned soon to start the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Neither roster moves seems so bad, unless the Rivermen don’t make the playoffs and the Cyclones end in one round.

Michael Pelech








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