Jeff Petry isn’t gone yet and that one thing has me hoping the Edmonton Oilers are still interested in the 2015-16 season. In moving David Perron earlier in the year for a draft pick and Rob Klinkhammer, the club once again moved back the rebuild. Adding Petry’s exit to the pile? An even longer slog to respectability. If that sounds crazy, let’s once again review Jeff Petry’s role on the Edmonton Oilers:
JEFF PETRY PLAYER CARD
This season, the Oilers have their top four D tightly bunched in terms of quality of competition (Fayne faces the toughest, then several are bunched together) and Petry is right in that mix. I’m comfortable saying he is facing top four opposition nightly. He and Ference get the toughest zone starts and the more we learn about the game the more weight we put on severe zone starts: That is the heavy lifting.
His offense at evens is nothing to write home about, he’s No. 116 among NHL defensemen at the discipline (in with guys like Braydon Coburn and Ryan McDonagh). The thing about Petry is this: He’s really just arrived as an NHL defender. He’s at 293 games, seasoned enough to really help the turn north and young enough to have his foot speed and motor skills. By the time Jeff Petry reaches 1,000 games—that’s 8.5 seasons in the distance—he’ll be slow and old and possess the feet of clay most of us have at 20.
For now, the young man has been touched by God and NHL teams know it. Do the Oilers know it? I think they do. Why aren’t they signing him? He may not want to stay and that is his right.
So, I’m left with this feeling of absolute hopelessness about this Edmonton Oilers organization. They drafted this young man, watched him develop and grow into the player we see today and yet either don’t see him as a $5 million dollar defenseman or can’t convince him to sign at that number. And that’s fine but the gap between Petry and Justin Schultz—as defensemen—is mammoth. So what this comes down to is another decision made necessary because the club is all-in on Schultz.
There’s an old baseball saying that comes into play when a player on the field is about to go against convention. When a runner at second attempts a steal of third base with two outs? Do you know what baseball men say? Or when the batter is given the ‘take’ sign when the pitcher is behind three balls and no strikes, and swings anyway? Do you know what basebell men say?
You better be right.
Amen to that.
@Lowetide_ You are really going to have to get over this man crush Lowetide. Petry. Going, staying, will make little difference.
— Robin Roland (@rksrc13) February 17, 2015
I fear Craig MacTavish agrees.