|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
There's no two ways about what to expect from Peluso. He'll just flat out beat the shit out of ya. At least that was the
case as a pro.
As an amateur, both in his homestate and at Alaska-Anchorage, he was an offensive defenseman that also used his size
well. The move to forward and the change in role to enforcer occurred when he signed on with the Blackhawks.
His offensive game opened up again in his only season with the Senators. And the trade back to the team that drafted
him brought on the creation of one of the most famous fourth lines... at least in the 90s, in the Crash Line.
But as us Devils fans know, even though he played brutal, he did show a kinder, gentler side of him... ONCE in a while.
lol The Cup changes everything.
He got to see games with the Blues and the Calgary Flames before career's end, and in an unfortunate way, too. He had
suffered injuries to his neck and spinal cord, and rather than keep playing and risk paralysis, he opted to retire.
When asked if he would do it again, he said no. Without going into great detail about it, his health has not been good
since. He's part of the class-action lawsuit against the league over protecting the players and their health.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Michael David Peluso
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 225 pounds
Born: 11.8.65 Pengilly, Minnesota
|How he arrived: Never even signed with the Devils after being drafted. Traded by the Ottawa
Senators to complete the trade that sent Craig Billington, Troy Mallette and Devils' 4th round pick in
the 1993 E.D. for Peter Sidorkiewicz on 6.20.93, 6.26.93
How he left: Traded to the St. Louis Blues with Ricard Persson for Ken Sutton and Blues' 2nd round
pick in the 1999 E.D., 11.26.96
|Entry Draft: 1984 Tenth Round Pick (190th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils