Andrew Peeke

Aaron Vickers

Peeke is a big-bodied defender who can play both sides of the puck. He possesses a smooth stride and is able to change directions efficiently. He is an excellent skater in both forward and reverse, and makes sure that he is always facing an attack. Peeke uses his long stride to get to places quickly and is seemingly never out of position. He controls the puck extremely well, rarely turning it over or forcing unnecessary passes. Peeke is poised and able to handle the forecheck pressure before making the smart play. He is very effective deep in his defensive zone—often breaking the puck out—and he is responsible for creating effective transitions. His shot is on display quite often as the late guy or on the point in the offensive zone, often throwing pucks on net in hopes of getting a redirection or creating a rebound chance. Defensively, he is effective against the opposition along the boards as he physically engages them, showing strong onpuck presence. He shows great awareness in all three zones, and is excellent at making a read to jump up off the line or in the neutral zone to counteract an outlet pass from his opponents. He is in control and has his head on a swivel reading the play as it comes his way. Peeke is a big minute-munching blue liner who jumps over the boards in all situations. We describe him as a guy with NHL size and stability to succeed in a middle-pairing role. He should develop into a top-pairing guy at the NCAA level before transitioning into the professional game. The Notre Dame commit is effective in all phases of the game at the USHL level, and looks to continue that play as he develops with the Irish.  (May 2016)