… the defenseman Adam Pelech.
Labeled as a shutdown defensemen from the struggling OHL team, Erie Otters, Adam Pelech will be an excellent prospect to be brought on to help the Vancouver Canucks in what could be a very transitional off season.
With their goaltending less than solid, not to say that the players are anything but fantastic but the off season shuffle leaves many questions unanswered, a shutdown defensemen is what this team needs because the offense cannot be left to win games alone, despite having an all star forward line up. The defensive half of the ice needs to be solid, to reassure those on the offense that they can keep the scoring under control.
Joining the defensive pairings of Alexander Edler and Sami Salo, Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa, Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev, Pelech can learn quite a bit about the defensive ways of the NHL from some of the best out there. That’s not to say that this draft pick will be one way.
In addition to Pelech learning from the veterans, these embattled players can learn to keep their chins up in the line of loss. In his most recent season with the Otters, the team went 10-58 but according to scouts never lost his competitive edge. Not to point fingers in any direction, but keeping perspective in struggling times is something that all NHL teams need to work on. A bad run here and there can be really damaging to a team’s morale, but someone who’s been through one of the worst seasons possible and has come out the other side being highly praised is not only good for the team out on the ice, but also in the locker room.
Who will the Vancouver Canucks select? Find out June 22nd when the 2012 NHL Draft starts in Pittsburgh, PA!