Pedan, 19, brings size, skill to Sound Tigers
Updated 10:19 pm, Wednesday, April 3, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- At least Andrey Pedan had familiar faces waiting for him at the Wonderland of Ice on Wednesday morning.
The newest Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman says he's a little quiet sometimes. Try to ask him about his game, and he'll defer that one to his agent. Or his fans.
But he's a big kid, sure, 6-foot-4, 204 pounds; that'll help in the pro game, right?
"We'll see," he said.
It's a fair bet.
The New York Islanders agreed to terms this week on an entry-level contract with Pedan, their third-round pick in the 2011 draft. He knew several Sound Tigers from the Islanders summer camps and from playing junior hockey against them.
More InformationOne grand run
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will play, including 56 playoff games, their 1,000th game Thursday morning at Harbor Yard.
Regular season 461-366-31-43-42
(The AHL adopted a shootout to break regular-season ties in 2004-05. Bridgeport has 45 shootout wins. Playoff overtime games are played to a winner)
WHEN: Thursday, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Webster Bank Arena
RECORDS: Worcester 29-29-2-6; Bridgeport 28-28-6-5
SEASON SERIES: Worcester leads 3-1.
LAST MEETING: The Sound Tigers won 4-2 Tuesday in Worcester.
ABOUT THE SHARKS: The Sharks have lost five in a row, with one in overtime, to fall a point behind Bridgeport and seven out of a playoff spot. ... RW Matt Nieto had an assist Tuesday in his pro debut. ... C Bracken Kearns leads the team at 19-25-44. He had an assist Tuesday.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport is six points out of a playoff spot with nine games left. ... C Ryan Strome, playing RW, had a goal and an assist in his pro debut Tuesday. ... Linemate C Brock Nelson is 19-26-45, a tiebreaker behind LW Nino Niederreiter (26-19-45) for the team lead. ... The New York Islanders sent down RW David Ullstrom (6-14-20 in 27 games). ... D Andrey Pedan signed an amateur tryout.
UP NEXT: Saturday vs. Connecticut, 7 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
The Moscow native, who won't turn 20 until July, had a solid year with Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League, with 44 points and 145 penalty minutes in 60 games. He had a similar year last year.
Playing out the rest of this year on an amateur tryout before that entry-level deal kicks in this fall, Pedan could get a chance to show off that combination of size and skill, while getting a look himself at the pro game.
"I've heard it's a little bit different, faster, stronger guys," Pedan said. "I want to get used to it, get adjusted."
It's a familiar refrain for youngsters coming here late in the year: Seeing this level of play gives them an idea of what needs work in order to compete here.
"Playing on the back end of our team, he's got a lot of good defensemen who are good role models for him," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said.
Pedan arrived with a cold, among the reasons it's not certain if he'll make his pro debut when Bridgeport hosts Worcester on Thursday morning. This is the third year in a row that the Sound Tigers scheduled two morning games geared toward school groups.
Bridgeport's parent club stood pat at the NHL trade deadline but did send David Ullstrom down to the Sound Tigers. Ullstrom had been out for three weeks with a groin injury.
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