Brett Pesce
Brett Pesce
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pesce established himself as an integral part of Carolina's deep defense corps last season, blowing away his previous bests in points (29) and rating (plus-35). He doesn't give you much in other categories, however, which is a problem considering his scoring rate isn't up to snuff compared to most useful fantasy blueliners and plus-minus can be extremely fickle from year to year. Just look at Pesce's own career for evidence of that -- his rating in four NHL seasons has been minus-7, plus-23, minus-6 and plus-35. There's a good chance what we saw from the 24-year-old last season was close to his ceiling, so buyer beware. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $24.15 million contract extension with the Hurricanes in August of 2017.
Supplies pair of assists
DCarolina Hurricanes
February 14, 2020
Pesce recorded two assists, three shots on goal, two PIM and a plus-4 rating in Friday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
ANALYSIS
Pesce helped out on tallies by Warren Foegele and Joel Edmundson to snap his personal seven-game point drought. Through 57 games, Pesce has 18 points, 99 shots and 84 blocked shots this season. While his career-high 29 points from last year isn't out of reach, the 25-year-old would need a surge down the stretch to match that level of production.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:02
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
20:54
0:17
2:21
2018–19
20:29
0:09
2:30
2019–20
22:02
0:18
3:14
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pesce registered 19 points through 65 games in 2017-18 -- and he likely would have surpassed the 20 points he posted the previous year -- had a shoulder injury not forced him to miss the last nine games of the regular season. Pesce is under contract long-term after signing a six-year, $24 million contract extension last August, so he is set to remain part of the Canes' top shutdown defensive pairing opposite Jaccob Slavin for the foreseeable future. A healthy Pesce should deliver similar numbers in 2018-19, giving him fantasy value in deeper formats only.
In 2016-17, his sophomore season in the NHL, Pesce improved his offensive totals by four points, hitting the 20-point mark (two goals, 18 assists) while playing a full 82-game slate. Perhaps more impressively, he came to be relied upon more heavily by the coaching staff, recording an average ice time of 21:12 per game, over two minutes more than his rookie season (18:46). From a fantasy perspective, aside from being a relatively modest scorer, Pesce doesn't rank particularly well in any of the peripheral stat categories (hits, shots, PIM). Although, he did rank second on the team last year in blocked shots with 148. Looking ahead, we see Pesce occupying a similar stay-at-home role in Carolina this season.
With 16 points in his first full season with the Hurricanes, the 21-year-old Pesce had a decent campaign offensively, but more importantly, he cemented himself as a top-four defensive option, averaging almost 19 minutes per game. Unfortunately, Pesce suffered a lower-body injury that landed him on IR at the start of February and failed to put much together offensively after he returned, notching just four assists over his last 28 games. The 21-year-old will be back in a similar role with the Canes this upcoming season; however, his fantasy value remains limited to deeper formats for now.
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Returns after stitches
DCarolina Hurricanes
February 2, 2020
Pesce (hand) was able to return to the bench in the third period of Sunday's game against Vancouver, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
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Suffers cut on hand
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Hand
February 2, 2020
Pesce had to go to the locker room in the second period of Sunday's game against Vancouver and was bleeding from his hand, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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Sets up opening score
DCarolina Hurricanes
January 20, 2020
Pesce dished out an assist in Sunday's 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders.
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Garners assist in loss
DCarolina Hurricanes
January 3, 2020
Pesce notched an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
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Registers fourth goal
DCarolina Hurricanes
December 28, 2019
Pesce tallied a goal on three shots with a hit and block in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers on Friday.
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