Andrey Pedan has signed a one-year extension with the Vancouver Canucks for the 2017-18 season. Pedan was set to become a restricted free agent this summer. The deal will be a two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level, and will leave him as an RFA again in the summer of 2018.
Pedan spent most of this year with the Utica Comets after making his NHL debut last season, though he was up with the Canucks for multiple stretches without getting into any game action. The 23-year old has yet to really make his mark for the Canucks, despite costing them a third-round pick in 2014 when they acquired him from the New York Islanders. Perhaps he’ll be used more frequently for the team next season as they head into a “rebuild” phase, though they currently have several defenders he’d have to hop over on the depth chart.
Always considered an interesting prospect, Pedan has all the tools to be successful in the NHL. He’s big—6’5″ 215-lbs—strong and fast enough to keep up with smaller players. He also has a good first pass and plays with a physical edge. Something about him hasn’t ever been able to put it all together though, and despite some solid point production last year he hasn’t been able to get into the NHL lineup very much. Perhaps it’s a case of a big defenseman just taking a little bit longer to develop, but as his point totals go down and penalty minutes go up, he’s getting closer to being considered a former-prospect instead of a current one. He’ll turn 24 this summer, and will try to prove he belongs at the NHL level.