Richard Petiot

Hometown:

Daysland Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1982-08-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2000

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

4th round, #116 overall, 2001

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2003-04: Petiot plays for the Colorado College of the NCAA. Finished his junior campaign and has assumed a larger role on the team as graduation has cut into the Tigers’ roster. Going into his senior season, expect to see Petiot assert himself as a team leader as he prepares himself for the next step in his development.

2004-05: Finsihed his college eligiblity with Colorado College. Two separate injuries plagued his season, but by the conclusion of the season he was once again showing the physical defensive play that fans had become accustomed to. Signed a two year contract with the Los Angeles Kings during the offseason.

2005-06: After being called up and sent down on four separate occasions during the 2005-06 season, Petiot has become a regular at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Petiot spent most of his time in Los Angeles participating in practice and sitting in the stands during game-time. He finally earned himself playing time in two games during his final call-up, with only two penalty minutes to show for it. While in Manchester, Petiot was arguably the best defenseman on the ice for the Monarchs.

2006-07: Petiot missed almost the entire season after severely tearing tendons in his knee.  Petiot returned to Manchester late in their season and never really had much playing opportunity to get back in the swing of things.

Talent Analysis
Petiot is a big punishing player, known more for his momentum-changing hits than his scoring. He is a stay-at-home defenseman who, along with teammate Mark Stuart, forms one of the best tandems of hard hitters in all college hockey. Petiot is a good skater for his size and excellent in the corners.

Former General Manager Dave Taylor on Petiot: "He has excellent size, good mobility, and makes a solid first pass. He continues to work on his overall strength and we like his overall potential."

Future
Petiot has a legitimate future as an NHL defenseman for the Kings if he continues his development. He plays a solid defensive game and plays with a physical edge. His size and strength, combined with his mobility, will make him an intimidating force on the blueline.  Despite the severe injury, Los Angeles tendered Petiot a qualifying offer in 2007 to retain his rights, showing that the Kings believe he can come back from his injury and continue with his development.

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