The 22-year-old defenseman was an undrafted free agent and has spent the last three seasons with the University of New Hampshire. He was part of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2011-12 and was selected to the NCAA All-American First Team the following season.
He suffered a fractured ankle during the 2013-14 campaign, but still managed to record four goals and 23 points in 26 games.
He’s also the younger brother of 24-year-old forward James van Riemsdyk, who has set new career-highs this season with 27 goals and 56 points in 71 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Like Trevor, the elder van Riemsdyk played for New Hampshire, but only after the Philadelphia Flyers took him with the second overall pick in 2007.
The younger van Riemsdyk’s contract doesn’t start until 2014-15, so this doesn’t count as the first campaign of the deal.
The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks