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Fantasy Summary

Lean, athletic goaltender who relies on his reaction time and positioning to stop pucks. A long-term project who has displayed some upside early in his career.


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December 2023 – It has been a rough start to Peksa’s career in North America. Assigned to the ECHL with the Newfoundland Growlers, the Russian goalie has a woeful .845 save percentage along with a 5.08 GAA in his four starts so far this season. With Luke Cavallin playing well and Peksa struggling to find his footing, it may be awhile before we see him get a string of games as the true starting goalie. Curtis Rines

June 2023 – Peksa had a successful transition from the MHL to the VHL full-time in 2022-23. The Russian goaltender played 40 games between the pipes for Bars Kazan and had a 13-19-6 record with a .921 save percentage. Looking towards next season, Bars Kazan already have two proven goaltenders signed at the KHL level so at the moment it looks like Peksa will spend at least one more year in the VHL pending any major moves this offseason. Curtis Rines

December 2022 – Like Artur Akhtyamov, Peksa has been excellent in the VHL this season. As the starter for Bars Kazan, Peksa holds a .920 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA with a 12-14-4 record. Considering Bars Kazan has been a bottom-half team (mostly due to the lack of goal-scoring), it is promising to see Peksa still perform at a high level. Some game time in the KHL will be the next step in his development. Curtis Rines

May 2022 – A relative unknown when he was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 2021 draft, Peksa had an outstanding season in the MHL and took strides towards carving out a place on the organizational depth chart. Through 56 regular season games with Irbis Kazan, he registered a record of 30-17-8, including nine shutouts, to go along with a 1.79 GAA and .936 SV%. He surrendered the starting job to fellow Leafs prospect Artur Akhtyamov ahead of the postseason when he was sent down after Kazan’s VHL squad was eliminated, but regained control of the crease and led his club to within one victory of an appearance in the MHL finals. There have been rumors that Kazan’s VHL squad won’t be operating next year so there is some uncertainty as to where Peksa will play in the 2022-23 season but the Leafs have to be thrilled with how his 2021-22 season played out. Nick Richard

August 2021 – Peksa was selected in the sixth round, 185th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2021 NHL Draft. He spent the 2020-21 season with Irbis Kazan of the MHL, playing in the same system as fellow Leafs goaltending prospect Artur Akhtyamov. Through 17 games, Peksa had a record of 8-5-2 to go along with a 2.57 GAA and .909 SV%. Nick Richard

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country RUS
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 27, 2002
Height 6‘3”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 6; Overall: 185

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2017-2018 Dynamo Kazan U16Russia U1640 - -|      
 2018-2019 Dynamo Kazan U18Russia U1830 2.00 -|Playoffs6 2.31 -
 2019-2020 Sputnik AlmetievskMHL0 - -|      
  Ak Bars Kazan U18Russia U181 1.00 -|Playoffs1 3.00 -
  Irbis KazanMHL0 - -|      
 2020-2021 Bars KazanVHL0 - -|      
  Irbis KazanMHL17 2.57 .909|Playoffs1 0.00 .000
 2021-2022 Bars KazanVHL0 - -|      
  Irbis KazanMHL56 1.79 .936|Playoffs13 2.15 .919
 2022-2023 Ak Bars KazanKHL0 - -|      
  Bars KazanVHL40 2.34 .921|      
  Irbis KazanMHL2 3.10 .920|Playoffs QC2 2.21 .917
 2023-2024 Newfoundland GrowlersECHL13 3.58 .893|      

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