Matthew Peca

by Max Marko on December 30, 2016

Matthew Peca


Matthew Peca, C


Shoots: L

Height: 5-09

Weight: 174

Born: 1993-04-27

Hometown: Petawawa, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2011 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 201st overall




December 2016 – Matthew Peca's hard work has paid off. He was recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning and made his NHL debut Dec. 28 against the Montreal Canadiens (one SOG, one hit in 13:03). Peca has five goals and 17 points in 28 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch this season. The seventh-round pick in 2011 has always been criticized for his small stature, but his speed and offensive instincts are second to none, which attracted the Lightning to select him. He has great patience and can easily jump into the rush. Lightning coaching staff and scouts have seen him continuously improve his game and become more consistent, thus earning his NHL debut. Peca's biggest test will be to prove he can compete against bigger and faster opponents in the NHL. Peca isn't expected to stick with the Lightning once players start returning from injury but this will be a good taste of NHL action and allow both him and the Tampa Bay Lightning to see how he fits further in the organization. Kathryn Jean

May 2016- Former Quinnipiac University standout Matthew Peca played his first full season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this season. Peca was a very good player with the Crunch this year and was relied on to make good defensive plays as well as set up scoring chances offensively. Eight goals on the year is by no means fantastic, but most of them were very timely goals coming late in games as tying goals or putting the game at a one goal differential. Peca also came off as very aggressive this year. Being a speedy skater, Peca often uses his quickness in order to get the loose puck or gain advantage on a defender. His playmaking ability also became an underrated part of his game. – Max Marko


Fantasy Outlook: C+


Matthew Peca is small, but has speed and an overlooked passing ability. His size could cause problems with his development to the NHL.





Matthew Peca scores a pre-season goal





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