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.
Pelech is never going to be mistaken for an offensive defender, as he finished the regular season with five goals and 21 assists in 78 games. What Pelech does provide is a physical presence in his own zone. The Islanders will continue to rely on that physicality during their second-round matchup versus the Hurricanes starting Friday.
Pelech has two assists in his last three games.
On the season Pelech has five goals and 15 assists in 76 games for the Islanders. While Pelech is never likely to develop into an elite offensive defenseman, his play in the defensive zone deserves some applause. Pelech leads all defensemen on the Islanders with a rating of plus-20. That defense, along with the goaltending, is a main reason why the Islanders will make the playoffs this season.
Pelech scored his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.
The goal was Pelech's first since Dec. 12. The Islanders' blueliner also blocked a pair of shots in the loss and dished out two hits for good measure.
Pelech has three goals, nine assists, and a rating of plus-15 in 54 games this season.
Pelech will never be mistaken for an offensive defenseman, so you have to take his point total with a grain of salt. At 6-foot-3 and 220 points, Pelech gives the Isles a strong physical presence in front of their own net and this is what may keep in him in the lineup over Thomas Hickey (upper body).
Pelech tallied two assists to complement a plus-2 rating in Friday's 2-0 win over the Capitals.
Pelech only mustered one assist in his previous 15 outings. Overall, the 24-year-old has garnered only three goals and 10 points in 43 games and has very limited fantasy value as a result.
Pelech recorded an assist as the Islanders defeated the Blues 4-3 on Saturday.
Pelech is having a solid season with three goals, five assists and a rating of plus-10 in 37 games. Pelech is never going to light up the scoreboard on any kind of consistent basis, but he has become a reliable defender in his own zone. The Islanders will have some tough decisions coming on playing time in the near future when Thomas Hickey (upper body) returns from IR. As well as Pelech has played this season, he could see time as a healthy scratch every now and again should the Isles elect to keep Devon Toews with the big club.
Pelech has been held scoreless in his last seven games.
The Islanders are struggling to score of late, and head coach Barry Trotz has let it be known that he would like his defensemen to get involved in the offensive zone, but Pelech doesn't have the skill set to take advantage of such opportunities. However, he leads Islander blueliners with a plus-8 rating.
Pelech was a healthy scratch Tuesday versus the Canucks, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Pelech made several mistakes during the game Saturday versus the Panthers. Those mistakes led to two goals for the Panthers and also led to Pelech being a healthy scratch for the second time this season Tuesday. Pelech will next get a chance to play Thursday versus the rival Rangers.
Pelech managed to pick up a primary assist in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Pelech set the table for Casey Cizikas' first-period tally that opened the scoring in the contest. The burly defenseman has quietly produced one goal and three assists over 13 games this season.
Pelech is not expected to play Wednesday in Anaheim, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Pelech incurred the wrath of head coach Barry Trotz with his poor play Saturday in Nashville. While he isn't expected to sit long-term and may actually be back Thursday versus the Kings, he is expected to sit and observe Wednesday. Trotz has also been mixing up his lines, and it isn't known if Pelech will be paired with Ryan Pulock again when he returns to the lineup.
Head coach Barry Trotz was not happy with the play of Pelech during the Islanders loss to the Predators on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Trotz admitted that Pelech is playing more important minutes than ever before and subpar play is part of the growth of a young defenseman. That didn't stop Trotz from separating Ryan Pulock and Pelech. The Islanders don't play again until Wednesday in Anaheim and Trotz hasn't stated if Pelech will be reunited with Pulock or even if Pelech will play.
Pelech went minus-1 with one shot on goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over Carolina on Thursday.
Pelech started the season with Ryan Pulock, which could remain the top pairing for the Islanders. Pelech will be counted on to slow down opposing offenses, as he offers very little in the attacking zone. Pelech is a physical presence in front of the net and the Isles hope his strong play in the defensive zone will rub off on Pulock, who the team believes may end up being its best overall defender.
Pelech had three goals, 16 assists, and a plus-seven rating in his first full NHL season.
The Islanders were a team that had issues on defense all season as they led the league in goals against (296). Pelech wasn't the problem, however, as he proved not be a defensive liability with his plus-seven rating. He doesn't add much offensively, but the Isles would seem to need more players like him to stabilize what is a leaky defensive corps and a shaky goaltending unit. Pelech should have a spot among the top six defensemen next season even if they Islanders bring in reinforcements during free agency.
Pelech snapped a 16-game pointless streak with his third goal of the season Tuesday versus Pittsburgh.
Pelech only has three goals and seven assists in 44 games for the Islanders this season. He is the definition of a defensive defenseman. Pelech uses his size to clear out the crease and keep the opponent's best offensive players off the scoreboard. He's a solid defender, but one who is unlikely to ever produce an offensive season worthy of fantasy consideration.
Pelech has one point, an assist, in his last 12 games for the Islanders.
Pelech has three goals and seven assists in 59 games for the season. Offense is not a big part of his game, but the Isles would like their defensemen to take calculated risks in the offensive zone to supplement their scoring attack. Pelech is a plus-14 this season on a team that has had its share of defensive and goaltending issues and is developing into a reliable, second pair, stay-at-home defender.
Pelech is third on the Islanders with a plus-10 rating.
The Islanders have had their issues on defense all season but Pelech is not part of the problem. He doesn't have the skating skills of a Nick Leddy or the booming shot of Ryan Pulock but he is turning into a solid stay at home defender who knows how to take care of the puck in his own zone. Pelech has also scored his first two goals of the season during his past eight games. He is rewarding the Islanders' faith in him when they signed him to a four-year contract last July.
Pelech hasn't scored a goal this season but he is tied for second on the team with a plus-9 rating.
Pelech is tied with forward Andrew Ladd at plus-9 and trails only defenseman Calvin de Haan (plus-11), who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Islanders have been porous on defense overall and getting shaky goaltending, but Pelech has been a steady performer in front of his own net. He will never be mistaken for a goal-scoring defender with only three career tallies in 92 games, so to stay on the team, he will need to be a lock down blueliner.
Pelech hasn't registered a point in his last seven games and still hasn't lit the lamp this season.
Pelech isn't on the team for his offensive ability, but it would still be nice if he could chip in a goal here and there. He does have 11 apples this season, which is already more than he totaled all of last year. However, Pelech's minus-5 rating is an area of concern even though that mark can't be totally attributed to him, as the Isles' goaltending tandem of Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak has proven to be one of the worst in the NHL at this point in the season.
Pelech contributed two assists in Tuesday's win over Vancouver.
Pelech logged 21:22 of ice time and now has nine helpers in 20 games on the season. The 23-year-old certainly have some offensive talent and was a big-time producer in the OHL, but he's yet to really translate that offensive success to the professional level. With that being said, however, Pelech appears to be taking a step forward this season and is producing at a steady rate on the second defensive pairing and power play. His role on a thriving Islanders squad at least makes him worth owning in some deeper leagues.
Pelech picked up an assist during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Lightning.
The 23-year-old blueliner has five points in his last seven games; however, three of those came Oct. 24 against Arizona, so his fantasy value in standard formats is still pretty low.
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