Avery Peterson
Image: MN Hockey Hub

Avery Peterson

Hometown:

Grand Rapids Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-06-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (167th overall), 2013

Weight:

181 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream
History

2010-11: Avery Peterson was the leading scorer for Minnesota’s Grand Rapids High School as a freshman. In 28 games he scored 8 goals with 18 assists and was +21 with 28 penalty minutes. Grand Rapids season came to a heart-breaking end as the Thunderhawks took a 1-0 lead into the third period of the Section 7AA final against Duluth East but lost 2-1 in overtime.

2011-12: Peterson skated for Team Great Plains in the Upper Midwest Elite League before returning to Grand Rapids for his sophomore season. He was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 17 camp in June. Peterson scored 7 goals with 6 assists in 22 games for Team Great Plains in the fall and once again led Grand Rapids in scoring — tallying 14 goals with 30 assists in 25 games. The Thunderhawks reached the Section 7AA quarterfinals; falling to Forest Lake, 3-2.

2012-13: Peterson made his USHL debut, skating in eight games for Sioux City, and scored over two points per game as a junior for Grand Rapids. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 7 penalty minutes in his stint with the Musketeers. In 26 games for Grand Rapids he scored 27 goals with 35 assists with 2 penalty minutes. Peterson’s clutch scoring led the Thunderhawks to the Section 7AA finals as he scored the game-tying goal with 10 seconds left and then had the game-winner in double overtime against Elk River, sending Grand Rapids into the finals against Duluth East. Peterson was ranked 77th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Minnesota in the sixth round (167th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

 2013-14: Peterson committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15 in August before skating for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers and Grand Rapids HS. He played 27 regular season games with Sioux City and led the Musketeers in scoring in the playoffs. He was named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey after finishing with 65 points in 25 games for Grand Rapids in his senior season. After a slow start in USHL play, he scored 6 goals with 15 assists and was  +6 with 16 penalty minutes during the regular season for Sioux City. The Musketeers finished second in the Western Conference and reached the second round in the playoffs. Peterson scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He scored 35 goals with 30 assists and 8 penalty minutes with Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks reached the Section 7AA semifinals, falling to Duluth East, 5-2. 

2014-15: Peterson skated in all 39 games for Nebraska-Omaha in his freshman season. He scored 11 goals with 10 assists and was -2 with 18 penalty minutes. The Mavericks finished third in the NCHC, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional after being swept by St. Cloud State in the NCHC quarterfinals. UN-O defeated Harvard (4-1) and RIT (4-0) to win the Midwest Regional before falling 4-1 to eventual national champion Providence in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2015-16: Peterson began the season with Nebraska-Omaha, skating in 14 games with the Mavericks before transferring to Minnesota-Duluth. He had 1 assist and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes while with Omaha. Peterson practiced with the Bulldogs but is ineligible to play in a game until January 2017.

Talent Analysis

Peterson is a skilled center with good size. Dominant at the high school level in Minnesota, he made the jump to college hockey after half a season in the USHL and was among the leading goal scorers for Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman. His overall game is a work in progress but he likes to shoot the puck and will go to the net to create a scoring chance.

Future

Peterson skated in 14 games with Nebraska-Omaha in 2015-16 before transferring to Minnesota-Duluth for family reasons — moving closer to his home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Peterson is hoping an NCAA appeal will allow him to regain a year of eligibility but as of now he will not be able to play for the Bulldogs until January 2017. Long-range his scoring instincts and technical skills suggest he can be an effective second or third line forward one day.

Minnesota Wild prospects in Europe and NCAA hockey could form the next core

by Peter Prohaska
on
Jordan Greenway - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Minnesota Wild prospect Jordan Greenway should improve on his 6.2% shooting percentage next season and take a leap forward as an offensive threat (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

 

The Wild’s NCAA prospects form the heart of the team’s developmental system, yet perhaps the team’s best assets are playing in professional leagues in Europe this season. College players have been central to Chuck Fletcher’s developmental approach – perhaps because he himself is a college man – with half of the Spring Top 20 coming out of NCAA programs.

Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospect depth poses more questions than answers

by Peter Prohaska
on
Stephen Michalek - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Harvard University product and current Quad City Mallard Steve Michalek is off to a good start as a pro, being named the ECHL rookie of the month for October (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

Chuck Fletcher’s name comes up in the discussion for best general manager in the NHL. While his record is not without blemish, and he cannot really claim the title without a championship, the consensus is that he has done a good job of building a contending squad from one that seemed to be running in place. However, some of that success came at the cost of organizational depth. The AHL results have been poor, and misguided drafting takes some blame for the lack of skill in the developmental league.

Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospects must find success at current levels first

by Peter Prohaska
on
Gustav Olofsson - Minnesota Wild

Photo: After recovering from injury, Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson now faces the challenge of a long professional season (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

This offseason the Minnesota Wild faced the problems of a contending team. Veteran players are key to winning in the NHL but their salaries can make for tough salary-cap decisions elsewhere in the roster. Veterans also tend to decline in performance at some point. To offset any drop in performance, the team relies on young and relatively inexpensive talent whose growing pains can sometimes be costly. Could this be the season that the young guys and the older guys hit the perfect balance and propel the team to the Finals? It presents a tough situation for the player who has yet to establish himself.

Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

by Peter Prohaska
on
Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

 

July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more»

Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

by Peter Prohaska
on
Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season and has played a big role in his team’s success thus far (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

This has not been a great year of the prospect for the Minnesota Wild. The team arrived at a point in its process where it became ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. This has been somewhat to the detriment of its prospect pool, although any fan will take the tradeoff. Nonetheless, Hockey’s Future makes an annual tradition of handing out some imaginary hardware to players who stood out during the course of their seasons.

Read more»

Related Articles