Jeff Petry says he was “a pretty good first baseman but I couldn’t hit very well” which meant he was absolutely destined to be drafted by one of my two favorite teams (Oilers or Expos). His father, Dan Petry, was a quality starter for the glorious 1984 Detroit Tigers who won the WS that season.
Better that the Oilers grabbed him.
The only really good scouting information I’ve ever read on him comes from Guy Flaming at Hockey’s Future: “Petry is a smart two-way defenseman who is an excellent skater with good mobility, which he uses to shut down opponents. The 6’2.5, 176-pound Petry plays with an edge and can lay out some good hits. He also doesn’t mind battling in front of the net. Offensively, Petry has a cannon for a point shot, but often uses a wrist shot as well so that it does not get blocked and does not allow the goaltender to set up. Petry also uses his skating and stick skills to make accurate passes out of the zone or to skate the puck up himself, which he has the speed and stickhandling to do.”
I’ve read in a few places that he’s a “good skater for his size” which is like saying “he runs well for a catcher.” Without having seen him play, I’d suggest footspeed is something we need to get more information on with regard to Dan Petry’s kid.
Another thing: his scouting reports are really vague, which in my experience (I’ve been reading these things since 1971) means that he doesn’t do any one thing well. So I’m ranking him ahead of Plante, Reddox and Cody Wild but I’m not certain he’ll be a better player. The less unique a prospect the more likely he’ll fade into the woodwork.