Petry is ranked currently as the top prospect in the Oilers system by pretty much everyone (save for the Hockey News and me) who has made a list. Guy Flaming’s annual HF top 20 has Petry at the top, as does new blogger Bryanbryoil (you can get to his site from my Oiler blogroll).
Why is Petry so famous? Lots of reasons. Son of Dan Petry, former Detroit Tigers major league pitcher, he was also named the USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year in June 2007. He won the award 6 months before his 20th birthday, when most kids his age had at least another college season under their belts.