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PELLERIN TO JOIN HURRICANES FOR PLAYOFF RUN

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH (MARCH 1, 2001) -- Veteran right-wing Scott Pellerin is set to join the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes acquired Pellerin from the Minnesota Wild in a March 1 deal that sent Carolina European prospect Askhat Rakhmatullin and a third-round draft pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft to Minnesota.

“He’s a strong 2 way player,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice of Pellerin. “He’s the leading scorer on Minnesota. His ability to play both ways is his real strength and he’s a strong penalty killer.”

Maurice said that Pellerin will join the Hurricanes tonight following their game with the New York Islanders and will play for Carolina against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night.

Pellerin brings a left shot and an iron-man element to the Hurricanes line-up having played in 80-plus games for three straight seasons with the St. Louis Blues. Pellerin played in 58 of the Minnesota’s 62 games before the trade and led the Wild with 38 points (10g, 28a).

Pellerin missed three straight games between Nov. 12 and 17 due to a bruised shoulder and another game Jan. 14 due to the flu.

Despite being drafted by the New Jersey Devils at age 19 in the 1989 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Pellerin played four years of college hockey at the University of Maine. During his senior season (1991-92) with the Black Bears, Pellerin was named to the Hockey East All-Star team, Hockey East Player and Playoff Player of the Year and won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award for Top Collegiate Player.

While in the New Jersey organization Pellerin split his time between the team’s American Hockey League affiliates and the Devils. Pellerin was the fourth leading scorer on the 1994-95 Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats and totaled 23 goals and 33 assists in 74 games.

After the 1995-96 season Pellerin signed with the St. Louis Blues as a free agent. Pellerin played four complete seasons in the St. Louis organization including three full seasons with the Blues.

During his time in St. Louis, the Blues went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs each season. Pellerin has played in 31 playoff games and has registered one goal and two assists in post-season play.

The Hurricanes organization drafted Rakhmatullin with a 9th round pick (231st overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year old left-winger from Ufa, Bashkiria, Russia is currently playing with Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the Russian Hockey League and has totaled six goals and 12 assists in 33 games this season.

Carolina Hurricanes Website Reporter Kyle S. Hanlin can be reached at kyleh@carolinahurricanes.com.


SCOTT PELLERINCareer Statistics
through February 28, 2001
 REGULAR SEASONPLAYOFFS
YEARTEAMLEAGUEGPGATPPIMGPGATPPIM
1986-87Notre DameSAHA72626813098-----
1987-88Notre DameSJHL57374986139-----
1988-89U. of MaineNCAA4529336292-----
1989-90 (a)U. of MaineNCAA4222345668-----
1990-91U. of MaineNCAA4323254860-----
1991-92 (b,c)U. of MaineNCAA3732255754-----
 UticaAHL-----31010
1992-93New JerseyNHL4510112141-----
 UticaAHL271518333320110
1993-94New JerseyNHL10002-----
 AlbanyAHL7328467484521311
1994-95 (d)AlbanyAHL74233356951464108
1995-96New JerseyNHL62130-----
 AlbanyAHL75354782142403310
1996-97 (e)St. LouisNHL54810183560006
 WorcesterAHL2410162637-----
1997-98St. LouisNHL8082129621002210
1998-99St. LouisNHL802021414281014
1999-00St. LouisNHL80815234870002
2001-01 (f)MinnesotaNHL5810283845-----
 CarolinaNHL----------
HURRICANES CAREER TOTALS----------
NHL CAREER TOTALS (8 seasons)404661071732753112322
(a) Drafted by New Jersey in the third round of 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
(b) Won Hobey Baker Memorial Award for the Top Collegiate Player.
(c) Had his #8 retired following his senior season at the University of Maine.
(d) Member of 1994-95 AHL Calder Cup Champions, the Albany River Rats.
(e) Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 10, 1996.
(f) Acquired by Carolina for a third round draft pick and prospect Askhat Rakhmatullin.
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