Edmonton Oilers draft choice Jeff Petry has been named the 2007 USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year in a ceremony at USA Hockey’s annual congress in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Oilers’ first choice (2nd round, 45th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, scored 18-27-45 in 55 games with the Des Moines in 2006-07 and helped the Buccaneers advance to the United States Hockey League’s semi-finals. The 6’3”, 200-pound native of Farmington Hills, Michigan was a first team USHL selection and the ProGuard/USHL Defenceman of the Year in 2006-07 after placing fourth in scoring among league defencemen.
Petry finished first in goal scoring among USHL blueliners with 18. Fifteen of his 18 goals came on the powerplay as he netted 15-20-35 with the Bucanneers enjoying the man advantage. He also netted two game-winning goals and was even with 71 penalty minutes during the regular season. In the playoffs, Petry scored six assists with 10 penalty minutes in eight games.
In two seasons with Des Moines, Petry has scored 19-41-60 with 139 penalty minutes in 103 games.
Petry is the 11th player from the USHL to receive the USA Hockey honour and the second with ties to the Oilers. Forward Nate DiCasmirro, who played four seasons in the Oilers organization between 2002-03 and 2005-06, earned the award in 1998 while with North Iowa.
Petry will begin his collegiate career in 2007-08 with the defending NCAA national champion Michigan State University Spartans.