Brett Pesce
Brett Pesce
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/15/2020
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.
Likely unavailable for playoffs
DCarolina Hurricanes
Shoulder
July 11, 2020
According to general manager Don Waddel, Pesce (shoulder) probably won't be cleared for contact until the end of August, which means the 25-year-old blueliner likely won't be available for the playoffs, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
There was a slight chance that Pesce would be able to return for postseason play after undergoing shoulder surgery in March, but it appears as though Carolina is leaning toward playing it safe with the American blueliner. Although the Hurricanes are extremely deep at defense, they'll still undoubtedly be affected by Pesce's absence. The 25-year-old blueliner notched 18 points while averaging nearly 22 minutes of ice time per contest in 61 games during the regular season, and he was also one of Carolina's most important penalty killers, averaging 3:16 of ice time per contest while a man down this year.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:53
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:16
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
20:54
0:17
2:21
2018–19
20:29
0:09
2:30
2019–20
21:53
0:18
3:16
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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.
More Fantasy News
Set to meet with surgeon
DCarolina Hurricanes
Shoulder
May 27, 2020
Pesce (shoulder) is scheduled to meet with a surgeon June 5, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
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On course in rehab
DCarolina Hurricanes
Shoulder
April 9, 2020
Pesce (shoulder) is on track with the 4-to-6 month timetable stemming from his season-ending surgery, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Done for the year
DCarolina Hurricanes
Shoulder
March 5, 2020
Pesce has undergone surgery on his injured right shoulder and will be sidelined for 4-to-6 months.
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Dealing with shoulder issue
DCarolina Hurricanes
Shoulder
February 24, 2020
Pesce is expected to miss significant time after sustaining a shoulder injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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Could be out long-term
DCarolina Hurricanes
Upper Body
February 22, 2020
Pesce (upper body) may be out awhile, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
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