NHL PLAYER, Jeff Petry
Born Dec 09, 1987 -- Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 2 #45 overall 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Jeff Petry (born December 9, 1987) is an American defenseman currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, 45th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, playing for the organization from 2010 until his trade to Montreal in 2015.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Petry spent three years playing varsity hockey at St. Mary's Preparatory, in nearby Orchard Lake Village. He left prior to his senior season in November 2005 to play for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), a member of the team's 2006 Tier 1 National Championship-winning team.
Petry was then drafted by the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 45th overall. He was the Oilers' highest draft pick that year, as the Oilers had previously traded their first-round pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Petry would play the following season with the Buccaneers, once again helping the team reach the playoffs.
Upon completing what would be his final year at collegiate level, Petry signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on March 10, 2010. He was then briefly assigned to the Oilers' then-American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, playing in eight games. He played his first game as a professional on March 26. On September 30, 2010, Petry was assigned by the Oilers to their new AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, for its inaugural season. On December 27, Edmonton recalled Petry from Oklahoma City. He then made his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on December 28, 2010, and recorded his first NHL point, a secondary assist on a goal by Ryan Jones. His first NHL goal was scored on January 20, 2011, against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars. On February 4, 2011, Petry was reassigned back to the Barons.
Petry improved in his second NHL season, leading all Oilers defensemen in points, with 25, and was trusted into a shutdown role alongside Ladislav Šmíd. At the end of the 2011–12 season, on June 7, 2012, Petry re-signed on a two-year, $3.4 million contract with the Oilers.
After the Oilers missed the playoffs in 2012, Petry was invited to play for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship. He amassed six points in nine games, though the United States were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Finland. Petry stayed as a permanent member of the Oilers for the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, playing in all 48 games as the Oilers again failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs that year.
On March 2, 2015, during the 2014–15 season, Petry was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2015 second-round draft pick and conditional fifth-round pick. After the Canadiens post-season run, on June 2, 2015, Petry opted to surrender his impending free agent status in signing a six-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens until the 2020–21 season.
Petry is a second-generation professional athlete. His father, Dan Petry, is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who earned a World Series ring as a member of the Detroit Tigers in 1984. Petry has an older brother, Matt.
Petry proved he was a top-pairing defenseman in 2017-18 August 16, 2018
The Montreal Canadiens may have struggled mightily in 2017-18, but Jeff Petry was an outlier, recording his best campaign to date. The 30-year-old rearguard tallied career-highs in a plethora of categories including points (42), goals (12), and TOI/G (23:30). Though his offensive potential came to the fore last season, advanced stats prove that the Ann Arbor-native has been excellent for a while now. In the past 3 seasons, he has a +454 SAT (shot attempts by your team in 5-on-5 situations) ranking him 15th among defensemen, 23rd in hits with 424, 31st in shots with 448, and 54th in blocked shots with 356.
For more on Petry, keep reading the nhl.com post here.
Petry contributes to another Habs’ win February 06, 2018
Jeff Petry scored for a second consecutive game on Sunday, as the Montreal Canadiens took down the Ottawa Senators by a score of 4-3. The 30-year-old defenseman also led his team in ice-time (24:13) in the win, while adding 3 blocked shots and 2 takeaways. The Ann Arbor-native is currently in the offensive form of his life, with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games. For the season, Petry has already matched his career-high for goals with 8, and is on pace to easily best his 2016-17 mark for points (28).
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.