Peckham pulling his weight

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

SAN JOSE -- Theo Peckham admits the NHL will take some getting used to, but like any young player just up from the minors, he'd love nothing better than a chance to do just that.

"It's a huge jump coming from the AHL to here and you don't really have time to ease into it, you have to get right at it," said the 21-year-old, who's getting an audition because of injuries to Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov.

"But each game you get a little more confidence and you start being able to make plays, trying to get back to the game you played in the AHL, trying to bring it to this level."

In his first two games, the second one better than the first, Peckham has been physical and hasn't been scored on, which is pretty much all they're asking him to do.

When Phoenix's Steve Goertzen got in Dwayne Roloson's personal space on Monday, Peckham handled the situation perfectly, getting in a scrap without taking the extra minor.

"If they're going to bump our goalie, then somebody has to do something about it, right?" he said.

"I knew he'd gotten a penalty (for goaltender interference), so I didn't want to jump in and take an instigator.

"It was 1-1 and we really could use the power play, so I didn't want to just jump in and have the ref even it up. But he grabbed my jersey and said 'Let's go,' so I was 'OK, let's do it.' "

Peckham, whose previous NHL experience consisted of a couple of one-game stints, isn't sure when he'll ever feel truly comfortable.

"I don't think at this level you can ever really truly be at home or comfortable because when you start to settle back and think your position is set here, that's when you can run into trouble."

Head coach Craig MacTavish, who saw a noticeable improvement in Peckham's second game, likes that the youngster is partnered with Jason Strudwick.

"Struds is maybe the most consistent guy we have," said MacTavish.

"He pushes the repeat button every night and plays pretty flawlessly. It's not overly fancy but it's super efficient.

"For a young kid playing with a guy who gives you that level of reliability and consistency, it has to be a big help to Theo."


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