Vancouver Canucks re-sign defenceman Andrey Pedan

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed defenceman Andrey Pedan to a one-year, two-way contract.

Pedan, 23, appeared in 52 games with the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets last season, recording five goals, five assists and 100 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-five, 218-pound defenceman made his NHL debut with the Canucks in 2015-16, playing 13 games and recording 18 penalty minutes.

Vancouver acquired the native of Kaunas, Lithuania, from the New York Islanders in exchange for Alexandre Mallet and a 2016 third-round selection on Nov. 25, 2014. He was originally selected 63rd overall by the Islanders at the 2011 NHL draft.

"Andrey had a good season in Utica and we’re pleased to re-sign him," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "He adds depth to our defence and his speed, size and physicality gives our coaching staff more options to compete every night."

May 3, 2017


Andrey Pedan
AGE: 25
1 Year

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