WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Andrey Pedan has been selected as CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 14, 2018.
In two games last week, Pedan totaled three goals and two assists for five points along with a plus-5 rating to help the Penguins extend their winning streak to a season-best seven games.
Pedan tallied two assists and was a plus-4 in the team’s 6-2 victory at Belleville on Friday night. Then on Saturday, he notched the first hat trick of his pro career – including the game-winning goal – in a 4-3 win at Laval. Pedan’s three-goal game came after he had scored three times in his previous 50 outings dating back to last February.
Pedan’s hat trick was only the second three-goal outing by a Penguins defenseman in franchise history, and the first since Alex Picard did so on March 17, 2012. It also marked the first time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 19-year history that the team recorded hat tricks in back-to-back games, as Pedan’s career night came the day after Ryan Haggerty scored his first career hat trick at Belleville.
Pedan has skated in 31 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2017-18 and has racked up a total of five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, as well as a plus-11 rating. The 24-year-old native of Moscow, Russia, was acquired by the Penguins organization in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks during Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 2017 training camp. Pedan has appeared in 212 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Utica Comets and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, recording 25 goals and 51 assists for 76 points, along with a cumulative plus-29 rating. He made his NHL debut with Vancouver in 2015-16, appearing in 13 games.
In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Pedan will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Penguins home game.
The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 17 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.