Tomorrow, the 2011-12 NHL schedule comes out. Yes, I’m almost as excited as you are from reading that.
Today? The man Grapes calls Teddy Peckman. Proceed.
NAME: Theo Peckham
SWEATER NUMBER: 49
DOB: 10 NOV 1987 (23)
2010-11 NUMBERS: 3-10-13, 198 PIM in 71 GP
2010-11 SALARY: $550,000, will be RFA on July 1st, 2011
A third round pick in 2006, Theo Peckham is a guy that you may want to get comfortable with. I think you’re going to be seeing him come into your living room for the next few seasons.
Unless something wacky transpires between now and then, Peckham is a guy you should find on the opening blue in October. Among the Oiler blue, he’s fifth in points (13) and fifth in ice time (almost 19 minutes). Doesn’t shoot the puck a whole ton but has the highest shooting percentage of regulars on the blue.
I’m going to call Peckham ‘abrasive’.
TIE YOUR SWEATER DOWN, CLAYTON STONER. This is a clever little way to work the Rob Ray rule in. Tie your sweater down else you’ll get tossed if it comes off.
Peckham has what I like in a defenceman – the ability to not look like a liability while playing your position. Really, isn’t this what we all ask for? Peckham has the goods. He might not be a top pair, but I’d be totally fine with throwing him out there in almost any situation. Go on and let him shoot the puck every now and again. Let him play the PK, plus he’s not leaking minus everywhere he goes 5v5.
Can’t underestimate his physical play. Not ‘boneheaded’ physical play where I’ll just stop moving my skates and hook a guy. With Peckham comes some pugilistic behaviour (he did have 16 fighting majors in 2010-11), but I’d rather have a guy who takes a two minute roughing penalty over a lazy hooking penalty any day of the week.
WHAT COULD BE
Peckham should work himself out a deal that sees him in Oiler threads for some time. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him finish around the upper teen-20 point mark if given some cushy PP time. 72 GP, 5-13-18 PTS is what I’ll go with.
Give me more Peckham 2011-12.
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