The Carolina Hurricanes took a defenseman with their second pick in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Brett Pesce, a 19-year-old defenseman that played his freshman year at the University of New Hampshire, was chosen by the Hurricanes with the 66th pick.
Pesce is a big defenseman at 6-3 and according to Hockey’s Future chose to enroll at UNH, rather than play another season in the USHL, as some prospects choose to do.
Hockey’s Future makes The New York native out to be an offensive-defenseman that is an excellent skater and puck mover. He saw some power-play time in his first year in college and should see more in the coming seasons. The site also notes that Pesce is very calm under pressure.
However, an nhl.com article glorifies Pesce’s defensive play. But Pesce could still be a defensive player with excellent puck-moving abilities.
Either way, Pesce scored six points in 33 games for the Wildcats last season.
On Hockey’s Future, he is listed at 174 lbs., a very low amount for a player that stands at 6-3. He will need to put on weight and muscle before he will be able to play in the NHL or AHL.
As for his future with the Canes, he will most likely play another two seasons with the Wildcats before moving onto the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL. If Pesce can bulk up and translate his offense, he stands a good chance of making the Canes’ roster in a few years.