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Pilot's Logbook: Anthony Peluso

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Performance

Anthony Peluso spent another season toiling between the Winnipeg Jets' fourth line and press box. It was once again apparent that he wouldn't supplant Chris Thorburn in his role as the Winnipeg Jets tough guy. It also became more and more clear that Peluso wouldn't be relied on to put up points.

Peluso finished the season second from last, among Jets' regulars, in per minute scoring. The only player who scored less was TJ Galiardi. Peluso was also a non-factor on special teams. Peluso's possession

None of that goes to say that Peluso wasn't an exciting player for the Jets', he is a superb fighter and a big hitter. This side of his game has earned him a number of fans. Whether or not this element is enough to warrant a contract has yet to be seen. Something that could be seen was his penchant for defensive gaffes and bad penalties.

The Future

While I don't really understand fighting in the context of hockey, I don't have any real objections to it. If it is there, it is there. If it isn't, it isn't. I do however question why any team would need to carry multiple players who can't be relied on at 5 on 5 or in any special teams scenario.

The writing is likely on the wall for Anthony Peluso. He dressed for just one game over the final month of the season and he was a long way down the depth chart. Assuming the Jets plan to ice a deeper team next year, and knowing that Chris Thorburn is already under contract, it is hard to imagine that Anthony Peluso will be resigned. It is possible that the Jets could give him a two-way deal and it isn't unreasonable to think that an NHL team will pick him up, but the Jets shouldn't have room for big Tony on the NHL roster.