It was originally my goal to have the entire Oilers squad reviewed before free agency hit a few weeks ago.
As you can see, that plan worked out wonderfully. Today, we pick up with a 2010-11 season review of young up and comer Jeff Petry.
NAME: Jeff Petry
SWEATER NUMBER: #58
DOB: 09 DEC 1987 (24)
2010-11 NUMBERS: 1G-4A-5PTS, 10 PIM in 35 GP
2010-11 SALARY: $850 NHL/$62.5K AHL, will become RFA on July 1, 2012
Jeff Petry is going to make the 2011-12 club out of camp. That’s our prediction here, and it’s one that we’re going to keep unless he has a bomb in camp.
A 2006 second round pick out of Michigan State, Petry will look to appear in a few more than 35 games this coming season. Petry is 6’3″ and his skates aren’t filled with cement, which is always a nice touch when speaking about defencemen. Petry’s time in Edmonton saw him hit 20 minutes per game on average, good for third behind Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney.
And, moments like this warm the cockles of fans’ hearts quickly.
A key cog in why I see him making the team outright this year is that he’s right handed. That may not sound like a big deal, but he’s one of a rare breed on the NHL ready Oilers. Let’s take a look.
Remember this from a few days ago?
Only Tom Gilbert is a right handed shot. That’s six other guys outside of Petry that are lefties. Might not seem like a big deal at first, but I bet you that he’ll see a significant chunk of powerplay time with all of those lefties out there.
WHAT COULD BE
Petry becomes a regular on the blue, gets a bucketful of games and a little more ice time this year. He’ll also see a good chunk of powerplay time. 4G-15A-19 PTS, 71 GP. He then becomes another fun contract to hammer out in the summer of 2012.
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