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Future Watch: Jeff Petry

Recent call-up Jeff Petry cites confidence as his greatest improvement

Wednesday, 05.01.2011 / 2:50 PM / Future Watch
By Bob Hersom  - OKCBarons.com
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Future Watch: Jeff Petry
Jeff Petry in Oklahoma City prior to his December 27th call-up. (Photo by Steven Christy / Oklahoma City Barons)
The most improved player on the Barons’ roster since the season started? That’s easy: defenseman Jeff Petry.


The main reason for his improvement? That’s easy, too.


“He’s playing with more confidence,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He has the skill set. We all knew that he has the skill set. You can see the way he skates. He just explodes. He’s got a great shot. He moves the puck like a pro. And he’s just playing with more confidence.”


Petry seconded that notion.


“Yeah, for sure,” said the former Michigan State star, in his first full American Hockey League season. “I mean, I played a little bit in Springfield last year, but then we had the whole summer off. This has just been a learning process and just getting more comfortable.”


Petry made his pro debut last year. Playing in eight games for Springfield, Mass., he had three assists and a plus-minus rating of minus-10. He entered this season as the Edmonton Oilers’ third-best prospect, according to The Hockey News ratings.


“He’s playing with more poise now,” Nelson said.


Petry, the son of former major league pitcher Dan Petry, got off to a slow start. He had two goals, nine points and a minus-12 rating after 16 games. But look at his numbers since:


Five goals, 12 points and plus-7 in his next 16 games.


His game improved enough that he earned a call up to the Oilers December 27.


In 32 games with the Barons this season, Petry has seven goals and 21 points. At the time of his call up, he was sixth among AHL rookies in points and third in goals by defensemen.


“I’m just getting into the game and feeling more comfortable,” Petry said. “I’ve been watching video and getting a visual of what I was doing at the beginning of the year as opposed to now. It’s helped a great deal, along with being with the coaches and hearing what they have to say and applying it to my game.”


Petry has also been a vital part of the Barons’ penalty-kill unit, which has been near the top of the league for most of the season.


“He’s very strong down low,” Nelson said of the 6-3, 200-pounder from Farmington, Mich. “He’s playing more assertive. That’s the biggest thing. He’s playing more assertively. He does things so well that he makes things look easy and it looks like he’s nonchalant.”


Petry nonchalanted the Manitoba Moose to sleep December 10. He took the puck behind the Barons’ net, skated the length of the ice and behind the enemy net, then fired in a wraparound goal past the goaltenders’ right side.


It was the Barons’ most spectacular goal of the year.


“They were going through a line change and I looked up and had some ice and our forwards stretched out to make them react to that,” Petry said. “That spread out the ice. I looked for somebody in front of the net but didn’t think I could get the puck through, so I circled around and just threw one on net and snuck one by the goalie.”


It was Petry’s first end-to-end goal as a professional. The only other such goal he remembers came for Michigan State, against one of the Spartans’ biggest rivals, Notre Dame.


“He’s coming along nicely,” Nelson said of Petry. “He’s going to be a special player in the future.”

Author: Bob Hersom | OKCBarons.com

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2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS

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Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 28 4 1 5 -3 28 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 25 5 3 8 N/A 18 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 24 0 4 4 -3 4 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 36 10 14 24 +7 39 kootenay ice (WHL)
Alexandre Giroux   29 37 13 23 36 -3 36 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 31 15 27 42 +27 6 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen   20 37 11 10 21 -8 23 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 21 4 7 11 N/A 29 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 36 2 6 8 -7 8 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 30 7 7 14 N/A 26 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 26 2 4 6 -4 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 35 21 30 51 +28 18 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Brad Moran   31 37 11 19 30 +2 20 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra
23 22 1 13 14 +11 23 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark  *
28 26 14 17 31 +7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 37 3 8 11 -7 38 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 32 4 9 13 +9 17 edmonton oil kings
Tyler Pitlick   19 35 16 24 40 +1 25 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 22 6 6 12 N/A 4 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 37 18 15 33 +14 16 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 32 3 3 6 -4 63 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris Vande Velde   23 36 6 4 10 -11 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Shawn Belle 
25 31 3 16 19 -11 41 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 11 0 0 0 -1 28 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Kyle Bigos   21 16 0 4 4 N/A 63 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 11 1 8 9 N/A 12 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney   23 37 3 10 13 +3 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 39 5 25 30 -2 32 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 22 0 0 0 -12 30 sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 33 10 25 35 +6 37 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin   21 31 1 3 4 -10 30 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot   28 23 0 8 8 +6 14 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry *
23 32 7 14 21 -7 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante   21 35 1 6 7 +3 75 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 27 18 7 2 0 2.46 .916 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Martin Gerber
36 23 12 9 2 0 2.61 .916 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton   22 4 2 1 0 0 2.74 .914 oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Olivier Roy   19 21 12 9 0 0 2.95 .905 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)


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