Bottom-pair defender with good speed who enjoys engaging physically. Limited offensive ceiling.
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June 2018 – Long on physicality but short on judgment about when to use it, the pugnacious blueliner signed a deal with KHL team AK Bars Kazan. The 24-year-old had 26 points in 52 AHL appearances with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Since Pedan is an RFA, Pittsburgh is expected to retain his NHL rights. Mark Allan
May 2018 – In the past three AHL schedules, the former Islander hardrock has totaled 21 goals, 36 assists, 57 points and 274(!) PIMs in 149 games. Not bad, and even better when you factor in a three-year average of plus-10.7. Pedan is one of many RFAs GM Jim Rutherford must deal with in an anticlimactic off-season. NHLers would be happy if they don’t have to deal with him. Mark Allan
February 2018 – Although it’s impossible to tell if he’ll ever translate it to the NHL, the towering Lithuanian is showing some AHL offense. In 42 outings in his first campaign in the Pittsburgh organization, the 6-5, 214-pounder has seven goals and 19 points as well as being plus-18 to lead all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton D-men in that category. Is he shedding his reputation as an undisciplined wildman who hurts his team with bad penalties? Not exactly, although his 68 PIMs are at a lower per-game rate than his past two seasons with the AHL’s Utica Comets. He’s still just 24 and a combination of many penalties, good plus/minus and a smattering of points can be useful in some pools, so he bears watching. Mark Allan
December 2017 – Never catching on with the Canucks or their AHL affiliate in Utica, the looming Lithuanian went to Steeltown in the Derrick Pouliot deal. In 23 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pedan has two goals and seven assists with a plus-6 rating. He’s also accumulated 37 PIMs that, if anything, is under his career norm (358 PIMs in 181 previous AHL outings). To build on a promising 2015-16