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New York Islanders sign Erie's Adam Pelech to 3-year, entry level contract

Another defenseman moves up the pipeline.

He's the tall guy.
He's the tall guy.
Bruce Bennett

Just before Saturday night's contest with the Sabres, the New York Islanders announced they'd agreed to terms with defenseman prospect Adam Pelech on a three-year entry level contract.

He was the Islanders' third-round (65th overall) draft pick in 2012 -- the draft of defensemen, the whole defensemen and nothing but defensemen, so help me Bossy -- and is one of those selections who has only gotten better and more promising since his draft day. He always had the size (6'3, 211 lbs.), but his offensive game and defensive snarl also blossomed since 2012, to the point that he has regularly been on the radar for Team Canada at his age level.

Currently age 19 and in his second post-draft season, he'll be eligible for AHL Bridgeport next season, and would be a candidate to join them after Erie's OHL season ends.

From the team release:

Pelech ranks third among Ontario Hockey League defensemen with 54 points in 59 games with the Erie Otters. The fourth-year defenseman’s nine goals and 45 assists are each career highs, while his plus-45 rating leads the

In 225 career OHL games, the Toronto, ON, native has 125 points (20 goals, 105 assists) with 221 penalty minutes.

On the international stage, Pelech has represented Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships and the 2012 World Under-18 Junior Championships, winning bronze in 2012.

A fun trivial note: Pelech this season matched Chris Campoli as the only defensemen in Erie Otters history with 50 points in a season.