From Fighting Irish to Columbus Blue Jackets.
The pathway for defenseman Andrew Peeke has now opened up. The Notre Dame defenseman has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.
The former second-round pick in 2016 scored three goals and pitched in with 21 assists for a total of 24 points on the year in 40 games. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen had this to say about Peeke via a press release:
"Andrew is a mobile defenseman who has the ability to make plays at both ends of the ice. He also possesses great character and leadership qualities, and we are excited to see his game continue to grow in the coming years."
After taking a look at what scouts had to say about Peeke at the time of the draft, it looks like not much has changed in his game except expected growth.
"Big, mobile defenseman with great vision and hockey sense. Possesses a hard, accurate shot, but needs to use it more. Smooth skater, but has room for improvement in his acceleration with the puck. Reads plays well in his own end and has a well-rounded understanding of the defensive game. Starting to play a gritty game, but that will take time to develop. Physical game is definitely ripening."
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