Jeff Petry
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Jeff Petry

Hometown:

Farmington Hills Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-12-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (45th overall), 2006

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: Jeff Petry played Michigan high school hockey for St. Mary’s Prep in Orchard Lake, Mich. A junior, Petry was an All-State Honorable Mention, an All-Area 3rd Team All-Star, and a member of the CHSL-All League team. Petry helped lead St. Mary’s to its first State Championship and scored 5 goals and 13 assists in 29 games.

2005-06: Petry started the season with Little Caesars Midget AAA but was signed by the Des Moines Buccaneers in early November and spent the rest of the season in the USHL. Petry played for Team East at the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game Feb. 8 in Sioux City. Receiving more ice time as the season progressed, Petry finished the season with 1 goal and 14 assists in 48 games. In winning the Clark Cup with the Buccaneers Petry had 2 goals and 5 assists in 11 games, tops among all Des Moines defenseman. After the season, Petry was invited to the NHL Draft Combine.

2006-07: Petry's second season with Des Moines (USHL) was a step up from his first: 18 goals and 45 points in 55 appearances with the Buccaneers. He earned the USHL Defenseman of the Year award and was named to the All-Star Game. He was also named as the USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year for his work at the blueline.

2007-08: A freshman with Michigan State (CCHA), Petry netted three goals and 24 points through 42 games, as well as 32 blocked shots, earning CCHA All-Rookie Team honors for his play. On top of being a CCHA Rookie of the Year finalist, he was named MSU’s Outstanding Defensive Player and best freshman.

2008-09: Petry potted a pair of goals and 14 points through 38 games this season, his second with the club.

2009-10: Petry signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in March 2010 following his junior season at Michigan State and made his pro debut with the AHL's Springfield Falcons. Petry had 3 assists and 2 PMs in eight games and was -10 for the last-place Falcons. In 38 games for MIchigan State, he was the leading scorer among Spartans defensemen with 4 goals and 25 assists and was +1 with 26 PMs. Michigan State finished second in the CCHA but did not receive an NCAA bid after being swept by rival Michigan in the CCHA quarterfinals.

2010-11: Petry made his NHL debut with the Oiler in late December after opening the season with AHL Oklahoma City and skated in 35 games for Edmonton. He had 1 goal with 4 assists and was -12 with 10 PMs while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time on an Oilers team that had the NHL's worst record. In 41 games with Oklahoma City he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was -6 with 18 PMs. The Barons lost to Hamilton in a six-game first-round playoff series and Petry was -1 with 1 assist and 4 PMs in the series.

 

Talent Analysis

Petry is a smart two-way defenseman who is an excellent skater with good mobility, which he uses to shut down opponents. He plays with an edge and can lay out some good hits. He also doesn’t mind battling in front of the net. Offensively, Petry has a cannon for a point shot, but often uses a wrist shot so that it does not get blocked and does not allow the goaltender to set up. Likes to use his skating and stick skills to make accurate passes out of the zone or to skate the puck up himself, which he has the speed and stickhandling to do. He steadily improved as the seasons wore on and brings a strong mix of size, skill and awareness.

 

Future

As a blue liner with good size and a range of skills, Petry is likely to play in a top four defensive role at the NHL level, being able to contribute on the power play, penalty kill, and even strength. The quintessential well rounded defenseman.

 

Another wave of young talent on horizon for Edmonton Oilers

by Lawrence Bailey
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Photo: Picked 19th overall in the 2011 draft, Oscar Klefbom has the tools to be a solid top-four defenseman for the Oilers for many years to come. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have demonstrated their patience over the past number of years, buying into the mantra of a wholesale rebuild. After two seasons in the NHL’s basement however, expectations are rising and that patience is wearing thin. Fortunately for the Oilers faithful, a lot of the team’s future is on or near the NHL roster and there is still a wealth of quality talent coming down the pipe. Unlike years past, much of the current talent in the prospect pool is complementary and demonstrates a wide range of skills. With the exception of the 2011 top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the players who succeed at the NHL level off this list will be likely be playing supporting roles to the top line talents who have already made the jump to the show.

1. (NR) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, 8.5C
Drafted 1st round, 1st overall, 2011

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