Despite Patrick Royâ€™s best wishes, a decision has been made and Lightning 2011 seventh round draft pick Matthew Peca will attend Quinnipiac University this fall. Peca, a gritty scorer from the Junior A Pembroke Lumber Kings in Ontario, has been through a soap opera of sorts this offseason.
Peca was originally drafted by Windsor of the OHL in 2009 but he chose to stay eligible for NCAA play by remaining with Pembroke last year. Peca also had to pay his own way to the Lightningâ€™s prospect camp this summer to avoid any college eligibility questions.
According to a canoe.ca story, OHL Ottawa wanted Pecaâ€™s rights, but so did Quebec of the QMJHL. Since the Ontario-born Peca could only join another league if he cleared waivers, Patrick Roy and the Remparts struck a deal where Ottawa would ignore him if his rights were waived in exchange for Quebec playing a preseason game in both Windsor and Ottawa.
Hometown: Petawawa, ON
Acquired: Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#201) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: Pembroke (CCHL)
Projects As: Versatile Energy Liner
Rankings: Red Line Report 109 (overall)
Stats: Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL): 50 Games played, 26-46-72, 14 PIM
Pembroke (Fred Page Cup) 4 Games played, 7-5-12
Pembroke (RBC Cup) 6 Games played, 2-3-5
- CHL T1 Top Prospects
- CHL T1 Second All-Star Team
- RBC Cup Top Forward
"Plays with a desire and heart far beyond his modest size and talent level."
-Red Line Report
Peca's work ethic is off the page with tireless forechecking and courage to go into high traffic areas despite his lack of size. Versatile player excels on the point on the PP as well as on the PK. Has quick hands and the intelligence of a great playmaker.
Listed at 5'8" and 155 lbs, Peca can get overwhelmed along the wall, even at the Tier II level he's played at with Pembroke.
We'd expect Peca to play 4 years at Quinnipiac of the ECAC and then have to bounce around a bit between the AHL and NHL, but he's the kind of quality depth player who can help you at all levels of the organization when called upon.
|2008-2009||Ottawa Valley Titans Mn Mdgt AAA||OEMMHL||23||10||17||27||12|||||Playoffs||6||2||3||5||2|
|Ottawa Valley Titans Mn Mdgt AAA||Midget||41||19||33||52||20||||
|2009-2010||Pembroke Lumber Kings||CJHL||60||21||26||47||10|||||Playoffs||15||3||3||6||6|
|Pembroke Lumber Kings||Fred Page Cup||5||0||2||2||2||||
|2010-2011||Pembroke Lumber Kings||CHL T1||50||26||46||72||14|||||Playoffs||14||11||10||21||6|
|Pembroke Lumber Kings||Fred Page Cup||4||7||5||12||0||||
|Pembroke Lumber Kings||RBC Cup||6||2||3||5||0||||
|Canada East U19||WJAC-19||5||2||2||4||2||||
|2016-2017||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||10||1||1||2||2||||
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