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Pedan named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Andrey Pedan has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 14, 2018.

In two road contests 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 seven games.

As Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicked off a two-game Canadian swing on Friday night, Pedan tallied two assists and was a plus-4 in a 6-2 victory at Belleville. Then on Saturday, he notched the first hat trick by a Penguins defenseman since 2012, scoring three times – 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 has skated in 31 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2017-18 and has tallied five goals and 11 assists for 16 points as well as a plus-11 rating. The 24-year-old native of Kaunas, Lithuania, was a third-round draft pick by the New York Islanders in 2011 and has played 212 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Utica and Bridgeport, 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.