Brett Pesce

Aaron Vickers

Despite being one of the youngest players in college hockey this season, Pesce displayed talents that made him a very reliable freshman for the Wildcats. He possesses great size at 6-foot-3, but needs to continue to add weight and ll out his frame. A strong commitment to defense and great instincts make up for his lack of strength at the college level but will need to improve before he transitions to the professional ranks. He’s poised and mature beyond his years. The ability for him to be a shutdown defenseman had him matched up against opponents’ top lines every night and Pesce was almost always up to the task. He has always had limited offensive ability as his aspect has never been a part of his game. He does move the puck well, but will never be a goal scorer that other top defensemen in this draft class are likely to be. Pesce does have ability and has a lead-by-example leadership style. Teams looking to draft him know what they are getting and he remains a safe pick in the early, middle rounds of the draft. Having always own under the radar, Pesce has a great chance to show his talents off on the big stage and represent the United States in the World Junior Championship next December. (May 2013