Some guys zip right through the system and Peckham has that look about him. The organization hasn’t said one bad word about him since draft day (in fact even the draft bio’s on him were glowing) and he continues to move his way up the depth chart.
Theo Peckham was 19 to being the AHL season and obviously had a lot to learn. He’s learned it.
In Guy Flaming’s HF Top 20 (Peckham ranks 7th) Kevin Prendergast eclipsed even himself with praise: “The guy who’s come the furthest is Theo. He brought every element of his game that we drafted him for; the toughness, the ability to clear the front of the net and he’s advanced his game in being able to carry the puck and jump in the play, his gap control is very good and he’s a team-orientated player.”
The Oilers feel he is very close to NHL ready and Peckham may force the Oilers to deal one of their depth NHL defenders (Greene, Smid) in order to make room for the fall.
As noted in the Colin McDonald post earlier today, the Falcons this season (by my estimate sifting through the AHL site) are -16 at even strength this season. If we apply that number to the Falcons blueline prospects who have played 50 or more games this season (basically taking all the Dmen and subtracting their plus minus from the team total) we get:
- Bryan Young +10
- Theo Peckham +4
This is Young’s second pro season so Peckham is the only first year pro who has played more than 50 games for the Falcons this season. He’s also scored 6 goals (2 on the powerplay).
Peckham isn’t an easy prospect to grade for math nuts like me, but in my opinion the best way to grade players like Peckham is to read what the coach says about him.
When he was called up to the Oilers for his first cup of coffee late in the season, MacTavish said “We’re looking forward to seeing what he’s got. Bucky’s given him a great rating the last little while and feels like he’s ready to come in and help us. He’s a big, strong guy with decent foot speed for a guy his size and has a good first pass coming out of his zone. He started off in the East Coast League, but he’s established himself as one of the core guys in Springfield so it’s a good accomplishment so far. To come from the East Coast League to the NHL in his first year is a pretty good indication of his progress.”
FINAL GRADE: 82%