According to various reports this morning, the Flames have made some additional cuts, the most interesting of which is Matt Pelech.
The big guy didn’t make much of a case to stay will the big club in training camp, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see him on waivers this morning. There’s little chance he’ll be claimed by anyone given the fact he’d have to make the parent squad of the claimant (in order not to go back on waivers). Given his lack of NHL experience and ho-hum performance this September, Pelech remains an AHL option more than anything else at this point in his career.
One wonders what this means for the big guy. Pelech is now 23 years-old with three pro seasons under his belt, but hasn’t shown enough progression to force the decision makers hand. While this doesn’t mean his window for becoming an NHLer is necessarily closed yet, it does likely mean his ceiling is considerably lower than his draft pedigree would suggest.
This news also suggests that TJ Brodie remains in the mix to make the team out of camp, something Eric Francis has claimed is all but assured.