Anthony Peluso isn’t known in Winnipeg Jets circles as an offensive powerhouse. He recently was suspended for boarding Alex Goligoski and is a noted fighter. The most points he’s scored in any league, ever is 22. That was back in 2008-09 while plying for the Brampton Battalion of the OHL.
All things considered, Peluso is your prototypical NHL fourth-line plugger. Which is why it was shocking when he rifled off a 103.9 mile-per-hour slap shot during Winnipeg’s annual skill competition on Wednesday. Dustin Byfuglien was the reigning champion, and any wise better was placing their money on him to retain that title.
Not with Peluso in the house, apparently.
Rookie Jacob Trouba spoke to Melissa Martin of The Winnipeg Free Press about Peluso’s bomb of a shot:
Peluso’s shot… I know he’s a big strong guy, but he’s not really known to have a really strong shot. But yeah, he showed he did.
The lighthearted atmosphere of a skills competition could be exactly what the Jets need to shake them out of their current slump. One night prior to the festivities, they had been handed a 4-2 loss by the worst team in the NHL in the Buffalo Sabres. All told, Winnipeg has managed one win in their last five outings, and are fighting to get back to the .500 mark.