Islanders Rely Heavily On Adam Pelech On The Blue Line

By Matt O'Leary
Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (R) congratulates Adam Pelech #3 (R) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (R) congratulates Adam Pelech #3 (R) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders have relied heavily on Adam Pelech so far this year. Especially last night in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Picture this, it’s December 2018, Adam Pelech is playing 13 minutes a night and someone claiming to be from the future comes up to you and says “Adam Pelech will be one of the Islanders’ most important defenders in just a few months.”

You’d laugh, say go find Doc and the Delorian and get the hell out of here. Well, now 11 months later that is 100 percent the case.

The Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock pairing is this team’s best pair by a long shot, and so far this year Adam Pelech is leading all Islanders skaters in average ice time. Heading into last night’s game, Pelech was averaging 21:28 and that only went up after last night’s performance.

After two periods of play, Pelech had two points and 17:21 of ice time. Have a day Adam! He’d go on to finish with 25:57 of ice time. That’s some warrior level stuff from the 25-year-old defender.

One of Garth Snow’s greatest gifts was Adam Pelech for $1.6 million AAV over four years. The Isles have this year and next year at that price and then Pelech becomes an RFA again.

How we’ve gone from 12 minutes a night to 25 minutes in less than a year is so wild. Barry Trotz, man the guy is a guru.

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