The Carolina Hurricanes chose another big player in Brent Pedersen, in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Pedersen, who is 6-2, has played for the Kitchener Rangers for the past two seasons, recording 14 goals and 30 points in 67 games during the 2012-13 season.
The 17-year-old was ranked 125th in the final Central Scouting 2013 Rankings, after coming in at 127 in the mid-season rankings. The Canes took him at 126, almost exactly where he was ranked.
Pedersen seems to be more of a fighter than skilled player. His hockeyfights.com card has four fights last season and a YouTube search of Brent Pedersen brings back mainly fights in the OHL.
At 6-2 and 205 lbs, it’s not too surprising Pedersen likes to get into fights. He definitely has the size to and that may translate into the NHL.
The Hurricanes have generally never had a legitimate fighter on the team, except for Kevin Westgarth this season. Pedersen may be able to change that in a few years, depending on his development.
Pedersen will spend at least another season in the OHL. If he’s ready to play in the AHL, he may make the jump there. If he eventually gets a shot with the Canes, it will most likely be a few years down the road.