Fantasy Summary

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


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May 2020 – Peeke made his presence felt immediately in his first year since turning pro. After just 29 games in the AHL, the 22-year-old  was awarded his first call-up to the big leagues. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken finger after just seven games, forcing him out of the lineup for 13 matches. Once healed, he returned to the Jackets only to spend the remainder of the season with the club, slotting in as a solid third-pairing option. He finished the season with a goal and two assists through 22 NHL matches, combined with 16 points in the AHL matches prior. The back end is crowded over in Columbus, meaning he will have to earn his spot next season. If he does not make the cut out of camp, expect him to be on the shortlist for a call-up at some point. Dave Hall

December 2019 – The second-round defenceman was recently called up for his first tour in the NHL. With one assist, 12 hits and a plus-3 rating, Peeke seemed to make a smooth transition while averaging 12:27 of ice-time through seven games. Unfortunately, he’s found himself on the injured reserve after suffering a broken finger which will keep him out for the unforeseeable future. This is just another hit to a very banged up Jacket’s squad. While the injury comes as an inconvenience, all indications point towards him being a solid prospect with top-4 potential written all over him.  Dave Hall

December 2019 – The 21-year-old rookie has been called up for his first sniff in the NHL following some injuries to the Blue Jackets back-end. At this point, it is unclear where he will slot into the line-up, if at all. Although, it seems unlikely that they would interrupt his stellar play with the clubs farm team just to sit in the press box. The former Notre Dame standout is settling in just fine in his first AHL pro season and has quickly shown the CBJ brass why they took him 34th overall in 2016. Through 21 games, he sits second in goals from rookie blue-liners and currently shares a lead for most points on the Monsters d-core with five goals and seven assists. His potential remains solid and should see himself fighting for a full-time job by next September, if not sooner. Dave Hall

October 2019 – The University of Notre Dame standout has impressed the Columbus brass this fall after having a solid training camp. So solid in fact, that the 21-year-old was the Jacket’s final cut to be assigned to the team’s affiliate in Cleveland. It took just over nine minutes for the rookie to find the score sheet, assisting in the teams opening goal of the season. Look for this two-way D-man to log good minutes with the team while playing in a top-4 role. As a right-handed shot, Peeke has a good chance to move up the depth charts quickly. With some poor play or injuries, he could find himself getting a call sooner than later.  Dave Hall

June 2019 – The Notre Dame captain led his team to a Big Ten Championship last season and showcased his offensive skill by posting 24 points in 40 games. He has the potential to be a two-way defenseman in the NHL, but that is at least two years away. Frank Pellegrini

November 2018 – Peeke has returned to the University of Notre Dame for his junior season. The defender showed great progress at the Blue Jackets’ development camp. As per development coach Chris Clark “He’s reading the play and reading the rush. He’s not giving the puck carrier time to create anything. He closes them down quick”. It sounds like Peeke may also be closing in on a roster spot with the Blue Jackets next season. The club must first sign him to a contract sooner rather than later. Peeke plays a strong defensive game but has limited offensive upside. His ceiling would be that of a three-four defenseman while his floor is that of a bottom pair defenseman. Frank Pellegrini

February 2018 – Peeke continues to impress, particularly on the defensive end, for third-ranked Notre Dame as they wrap up the regular campaign in anticipation of the Big Ten Tournament. His 49 blocks and plus-14 lead the Irish in both categories. Kevin Wickersham

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 17, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 34

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Selects Academy 16U AAAUSPHL 16U28 1 910 16|Playoffs3 0 00
  Team Red USA-S155 0 00 -|        
 2014-2015 Team Royal USA-S165 0 22 -|        
  Selects Academy 18U AAAUSPHL 18U28 8 1220 8|Playoffs4 1 12
 2015-2016 Team Forest USA-S175 1 34 0|        
  Green Bay GamblersUSHL56 4 2630 30|Playoffs4 1 12
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 11 4|        
  USA U19WJAC-195 1 12 2|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA40 4 1014 16|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA39 5 914 22|        
  USA U20WJC-207 1 12 2|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA40 3 2124 24|        
 2019-2020 Columbus Blue JacketsNHL22 1 23 4|        
  Cleveland MonstersAHL29 5 1116 6|        
 2020-2021 Cleveland MonstersAHL- - -- -|        

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