2009-10: Jesper Pettersson skated for the Flemingsbergs IK club on the east coast of Sweden and played for Stockholm 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He had 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes in seven games with the Flemingsbergs U20 team and scored 6 goals with 7 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 24 games for the club’s U18 squad. Pettersson had no points with 4 penalty minutes in eight games during the TV-Pucken tournament.
2010-11: Pettersson moved from Flemingsbergs IK to top division club Linkoping — appearing in three games with the club’s U20 SuperElit league team — and skated for the Sweden U17 team in international play. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his brief stint with the Linkoping U20 team. Pettersson scored 5 goals with 6 assists and 94 penalty minutes in 32 regular season games for the club’s U18 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 10 penalty minutes in six games with the Sweden U17 squad.
2011-12: Pettersson was an assistant captain for the Linkoping U20 team in his first SuperElit league season and played for Sweden in three junior championship tournaments. He scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was plus-4 with 30 penalty minutes in 41 games for Linkoping, which missed the SuperElit playoffs. Pettersson scored 1 goal with 1 assist in five games for Sweden at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and had 1 goal with 16 penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge in Canada. Pettersson was plus-7 with 1 goal, 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in six games as Sweden reached the gold medal game at the 2012 U18 World Juniors. Pettersson was ranked 31st amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected.
2012-13: Pettersson made his SHL debut as an 18-year-old — opening the year with the Linkoping men’s team and skating in 14 games — before finishing the year with the club’s U20 squad. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-6 with 6 penalty minutes; averaging eight minutes of ice time in SHL play. An assistant captain for the club’s U20 squad he scored 3 goals with 9 assists in 18 games and was plus-13 with 14 penalty minutes. Pettersson was slated to represent Sweden in the 2013 World Juniors before suffering a wrist injury while skating for the U20 team in a pre-tournament exhibition game against Canada. He was ranked 38th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Pettersson skated in 48 regular season contests and three playoff games for Linkoping as an SHL rookie and played for Sweden in the 2014 World Juniors. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-8 with 30 penalty minutes during the regular season and was minus-1 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. Linkopings upset second-place Frolunda before falling to SHL champion Skelleftea in the second round. Not ranked among the 140 international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Pettersson was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round (198th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft in his third year of draft eligibility. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers in July 2014.
Petterson, though shorter than the average NHL defenseman, skates well and is strong positionally for a young player. He also plays larger than his 5-foot-9 frame.
Petterson joins the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for his second professional season, a year after earning steady ice time. While he is smaller than prototypical NHL defensemen his defensive instincts and competitive style suggest he can one day be a serviceable lower-pairing defender.