#4: D Andrew Peeke
- Drafted: 2016 2nd Round, #34 Overall
- Born: 3-17-1998 Parkland, Florida. 20-years-old
- Team: University of Notre Dame, Big Ten
The season for Andrew Peeke stared off with Notre Dame naming him the captain for the 18-19 season. The honor comes after a solid sophomore season for the defenseman who also played at the World Junior Championship for Team USA.
Peeke has come out on fire for the Fighting Irish who are a preseason favorite to win the Big Ten and compete for a National Title after falling just short in 2018. Peeke, who historically hasn’t put up huge scoring numbers, has found an offensive touch this season. Through six games the 6’3″ 200 pound defenseman has one goal and five assist. His six points is almost half of his season total from the previous two seasons when he finished with just 14 points in 40 games.
Peeke has been projected as a prototypical second pair d-man with a great vision and hockey sense and solid enough skating ability. The offensive firepower was never apparent in his game, although he has a killer shot that he just never utilized enough.
He still isn’t shooting enough for many people’s liking, but the scoring is coming which is a surprise to many. Peeke, and the Fighting Irish, are primed to win the national title this year with offensive numbers like this from their captain.