Jeff Petry represents a high water mark for Oiler drafting–he is perhaps the best defensive draft pick in 25 years. Edmonton liked Petry’s game enough to send away Tom Gilbert when young Petry was 89 games into his NHL career. Since then, Petry (now 25) has been facing the best opposition available.
RE 13-14: 75, 3-17-20
- Clearly his PP days are done. Petry was never really a PP dynamo, but yes his powerplay minutes dried up this past season and I seriously doubt they’re going to return.
- Who gets the PP time? Schultz gets an enormous amount, and Belov gets a lot of time as well. I also have 4 forwards on the PP quite a bit this season. If that doesn’t end up being Eakins way, then this number will be low. I’m pretty sure Petry stays an EV and PK workhorse though. The Oilers used Potter, Whitney and of course Schultz more often than they used Petry, and with Belov’s arrival I suspect those minutes are even less likely.
- Isn’t he any good on the PP? He’s fine, but the Oilers don’t have enough good EV and PK defensemen so this is the need. It probably also keeps the costs down, as Petry is one of the extreme value contracts under the sun.
- I think he’s probably no good on the PP. Well, he was 1-5-6 in 11-12 (3.25 5×4/60 third among D behind Whitney and Potter) and was 0-3-3 in half a season 10-11 (1.67 5×4/60–sixth among D behind everybody) so maybe you’re right. Either way, I don’t have him on the PP much.
- Petry wasn’t effective at evens this season. Sure he was, at least compared to the rest of the team. Ralph rode the Smid pairing heavily (see the Vollman Sledgehammer) against tough, tough competition–and they handled it. Not as well as the previous season, but I’m pretty impressed with the overall numbers based on the difficult time the 2nd line was experiencing. I’m prepared to suggest that the pairing would have had a more successful season with Renney behind the bench.
- Did he play a lot? Led the team in EV TOI (17:57 per game), SH TOI (3:21 per game) and overall TOI per game (21:54). He played most of his minutes with Smid, and the top 6 forwards he played with (in order) were: Gagner, Eberle, Hall, Yakupov, Smyth, Nugent-Hopkins. So he was front and center, out against the best of the best. His 21:54 per game ranked 61st in NHL TOI, 60th among defenders.
- Great zone starts, though. No, he was 48.9% ZS and that’s not a push.
- So, you’re telling me the Oilers didn’t have ANY regular defensemen with an offensive zone start greater than 50%? Yes.
- Oh. Yeah, the ZS part of the graph probably doesn’t give the real story. They all ranged between 45% and 48.9%.
- Was he rusty from the layoff? Funny you mention it, I believe that had a lot to do with the difficulty this tandem had during the year. Petry just didn’t seem as sharp. Then again, Smid played in Czech and he didn’t look ready, either. It was a tough season to get a read on anyone, I think the best thing is to re-set and enter the year with the idea that Smid-Petry will be a good pairing. Plus they won’t have the Kruegerator messing things up.
- What will Eakins like about him? Well, he’s an actual live, breathing NHL player for one. Remember the Al Arbour line about ‘get good players’? That’s Petry. We can argue over where he should be placed on the depth chart, but he can play. He’s healthy, has good size, can make that breakout pass very well, carry the puck and fly a sortie when the opportunity arises. Petry has a complete player’s skill set, with the only complaints now being things like ‘he needs to be more physical’ and ‘he takes too many chances’; I prefer a player like Petry, whose positioning takes precedent over going for the big hit, and who will engage offensively at times.
- Is he a good fit for the new alignment? MacT talked at his press conference about having defensemen getting to the puck and then moving it in a good direction quickly. That’s Petry. He’s a quick thinker, mobile defender and has the skills to make that pass, carry it out, or pause until the forechecker fades from the moment. The best compliment you can give Petry is going out and getting a bunch of like-skilled players, which is kind of what MacT did summer 2013.
- Who did he play well with? He was alongside Smid pretty much the entire 5×5 season, and they were 44.4 Chances for percentage for the year. In a nutshell, when those two played with the Hall line they played the world 50%, otherwise it was horrible with Belanger’s 35% CF being the nadir. Not enough NHL players is tough to overcome.
- Why this song? It’s a strange song, the lyrics describing a horrible life situation (young people having babies with absolutely no idea about how to take care of themselves let alone the new arrival) but the music is extremely happy, bubbling. That’s kind of the Oilers and Petry for his first few years. On the one hand you have complete and utter failure (“Well, well, well, would you carry a razor In case, just in case of depression?”) and yet the music (the future) is impossibly positive. An unusual lyric/song for an unusual team/situation.
- I noticed you used it on the young American. Heh. Well, if the shoe fits……
- What’s ahead for Petry? Same part of the graph, same size bubble but a better color. I think he’s one guy we can count on, and his contract is a beauty.
- But the team has to get better. Don’t worry, MacT’s going to take care of that–he’s already done a tremendous amount in four months.
- Four months? Yeah. Mid-April to today.
- Crazy. Crazy like a fox.
- WHY are you so confident about MacT? Because everything he does speaks to urgency and immediate improvement. He was looking for an assistant for Ralph, but when he met Eakins the urgency of the situation dictated to him that he needed to fast track the process and the key item was the coach. That alone probably saved a few points. Then he goes out and acquires a bunch of guys who have a nice range of skills, who can move the puck, use their brains for more than a hat rack, don’t have ‘rip it around the boards’ as the go-to option. He can’t find an impact defenseman, so he gets a veteran for the top 4D and then improves the depth twofold 5-10. I didn’t like all of the moves, but I can at least see the plan, see the attempt at sweet sweet balance.
- Still no three-for-one yet. It’s coming baby. It’s coming.
- What would you say to Petry’s Dad? I’d tell him his boy is a better hockey player than he was a pitcher and that Jeff is badly underpaid. We don’t talk much about plus minus on this blog but he’s been ahead of the curve three years running (numbers below in the boxcars).
JEFF PETRY VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER 2011-12
JEFF PETRY 2012-13 SLEDGEHAMMER
Jeff Petry 10-11
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.21 (8th among Oil D)
- 5×4 points per 60: 1.67 (5th among Oil D)
- Qual Comp: 5th toughest among D
- Qual Team: 7th best available among D
- Corsi Rel: 2.0 (tied for 4th best among D)
- Zone Start: 49.1% (3rd toughest among D)
- Zone Finish: 50.5% (5th best among D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 41 shots/1 goal 2.4% (7th among Oil D)
- Boxcars: 35gp, 1-4-5
- Plus Minus: -12 on a team that was -52
Jeff Petry 11-12
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.91 (1st among Oil D)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.25 (3rd among Oil D)
- Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among D
- Qual Team: best available among D
- Corsi Rel: 2.0 (tied for 4th best among D)
- Zone Start: 49.1% (5th toughest among D)
- Zone Finish: 51.3% (2nd best among D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 111 shots/1.8% (6th among Oil D)
- Boxcars: 73gp, 2-23-25
- Plus Minus: -7 on a team that was -26
Jeff Petry 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.72 (4th among regular Oil D)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: toughest among regular D
- Qual Team: 6th best available among regular D
- Corsi Rel: -1.7 (5th best among regular D) (-12.49 Corsi ON)
- Zone Start: 48.9% (easiest among regular D)
- Zone Finish: 50.8% (2nd best among D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 66 shots/4.55% (4th among Oil D>30 shots)
- Boxcars: 48gp, 3-9-12
- Plus Minus: +1 on a team that was -15