Edmonton Oilers prospects Riley Nash and Jeff Petry
have made quite an impression in their first season of NCAA hockey as both Edmonton draft choices have earned post-season honours with their respective collegiate teams.
Nash, the Oilers’ third choice in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft has enjoyed a stellar freshman season with the Cornell Big Red of the ECAC. Scoring at almost a point-per-game pace with 12-17-29 in 32 games, Nash becomes Cornell’s first Ivy League rookie-of-the-year since the 1998-99 season. He was one of only two freshman named to the Ivy League’s all-star teams as he was selected to the second all-star team.
Nash helped Cornell advance to the second round of the ECAC playoffs against Union College this week, following a two games to one series victory over Dartmouth University last weekend.
A standout defenceman with the Michigan State University Spartans, Petry was named to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s all-rookie team. Edmonton’s first choice (second round, 45th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Petry finished the CCHA regular season second in scoring among freshmen defencemen and ninth on the Spartans with 16 points in 28 conference games. Petry, the 2007 USA Hockey Junior Hockey Player of the Year in 2007, was +9 on the season and scored 3-17-20 in 37 games overall.
Petry and Michigan State open CCHA tournament play this weekend at Munn Arena in Lansing, Michigan against Northern Michigan University.