Brett Pesce
Brett Pesce
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
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.
Tickles twine in win
DCarolina Hurricanes
October 11, 2019
Pesce scored a goal on a team-high six shots and blocked three shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders.
ANALYSIS
Pesce made it 2-1 in the first period, converting on a feed from Andrei Svechnikov. The 24-year-old defender has gotten involved in the offense early on, starting the year with a pair of goals and a helper in five games. He's also been a friend of his goalies, racking up 14 blocked shots. The two-way contributions could make for a solid addition in deeper formats if Pesce can keep the scoring going.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:38
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:43
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
20:54
0:17
2:21
2018–19
20:29
0:09
2:30
2019–20
21:38
0:09
3:43
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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.
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Lights lamp in win
DCarolina Hurricanes
October 7, 2019
Pesce scored a goal and blocked three shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Lightning.
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Three assists in second round
DCarolina Hurricanes
May 3, 2019
Pesce provided three helpers and eight blocked shots in four games against the Islanders in the second round.
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Sparks Game 7 comeback
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 25, 2019
Pesce dished two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 double-overtime win over the Capitals in Game 7 of their first-round series.
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Nabs helper to knot series
DCarolina Hurricanes
April 23, 2019
Pesce delivered an assist in Monday's series-tying win over the Capitals for Game 6.
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Stellar outing versus Wild
DCarolina Hurricanes
March 24, 2019
Pesce notched his seventh goal of the season in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Wild. He also posted a season-high plus-5 rating, along with two shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and a pair of penalty minutes.
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