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.
Ready for play to resume
DNew York Islanders
May 27, 2020
Pelech (Achilles) is expected to be ready when the league begins Phase 2 small group training sessions, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
When Pelech was ruled out for the season, it was back in January after he suffered his Achilles injury Jan 2 versus the Devils. However, with the league going on hiatus and the postseason being pushed back, it appears the blueliner could be ready to play. In 38 appearances prior to getting hurt, the 25-year-old notched nine points, 81 hits and 83 blocks. Given his limited offensive upside, Pelech won't offer much in terms of value for DFS contests and playoff pools.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:08
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:47
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
19:16
0:19
2:16
2018–19
18:38
0:05
1:37
2019–20
21:08
0:04
2:47
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
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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On track for next season
DNew York Islanders
Achilles
March 21, 2020
Pelech (Achillies) should be ready to go for training camp in September, the Islanders' web site reports.
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Average team since his injury
DNew York Islanders
Achilles
February 28, 2020
The Islanders have gone 10-10-5 since Pelech went down for the season with an Achilles injury, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Downward spiral
DNew York Islanders
Achilles
January 21, 2020
Since Pelech (Achilles) was lost to injury, the Islanders are 3-5-2.
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Out for rest of season
DNew York Islanders
Achilles
January 3, 2020
Pelech sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon prior to the Islanders' Jan. 2 game against New Jersey and will miss the rest of the season.
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Sidelined Thursday
DNew York Islanders
Lower Body
January 2, 2020
Pelech will not play in Thursday's game versus the Devils due to a lower-body injury, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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