Following their season ending loss over the weekend, Notre Dame Fighting Irish captain Andrew Peeke has decided to forego his senior season and sign a three year entry level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Peeke was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Draft. By signing his contract now, Peeke will burn the first of his entry level contract this season, meaning it is only two full seasons before he is eligible to reach restricted free agency. Peeke is already in Columbus and practicing with the Blue Jackets.
Peeke, a junior, served as Notre Dame’s captain this past season. He finishes his career with the Irish with 12 goals and 40 assists for 52 points in 118 games played. Peeke was also a member of Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship during his sophomore season.
Notre Dame will certainly miss his play on the blue line and his presence in the locker room next season, but Peeke has an extremely bright future in the National Hockey League. He will certainly be a fun one to follow and we here at OFD wish him nothing but the best in his future as a pro.