Andrew Peeke

by Kevin Wickersham on December 13, 2017

Andrew Peeke, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-02

Weight: 201

Born: 1998-03-17

Hometown: Parkland, FL, USA

Drafted:  34th overall in round two of the 2016 draft

Observations:

December 2017 - Peeke was named to the World Junior Championships preliminary roster and will participate in the U.S. National Team's pre-tournament camp December 15-19 in Columbus. He'll join 28 other candidates, ten of them defensemen, being considered. He leads the third-ranked (second-ranked in some polls) Irish this campaign with 38 blocked shots to go with a plus-12, one goal, and seven assists. Kevin Wickersham 

October 2017 - Leading the Irish in blocked shots, nearly doubling his closest teammate with 16 after six contests, Peeke again has assumed a large role on Notre Dame's blue line. Sporting a plus-four that also tops the squad, Peeke's offensive production has seen a slight increase as well over last year, totalling three assists in six games and averaging slightly more than two shots per contest. Kevin Wickersham 

August 2017 - Peeke skated in two contests for Team USA at the recent World Junior Summer Showcase including a 7-5 victory in the tournament finale against fellow Blue Jacket prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois’ Team Canada. In all, Peeke fired four shots-on-goal without registering a point. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – Entering his sophomore year at Notre Dame, 19-year-old Peeke is a cerebral and imposing yet mobile, defense-oriented blueliner with ample offensive promise. His heavy, accurate shot progressed during year one of NCAA play, forming a potentially dangerous combination with Peeke’s smooth skating, stealthy puck control and crisp passing. Accomplished at stealing the puck and quickly moving it out of the zone, he uses his stick well to deter and frustrate opponents. Somewhat physical, but given his size one might expect more. To be fair, he did display an increasingly grittier game as 2016-17 wore on. Peeke earned 2017 Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors after leading the conference with 95 blocked shots (third-best in the NCAA). He added four goals and 10 assists in 40 contests on the Irish’s path to the Frozen Four. Peeke’s prior scoring totals are a bit more impressive, tallying 30 points in 56 games for 2015-16 USHL Green Bay including a role on the man-advantage. Kevin Wickersham

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Large-framed defender with emerging physicality and offensive prowess that could land him an NHL second pairing.  

 

Footage:

Andrew Peeke Highlights - 2016 NHL Draft

 

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