The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) has named Oilers forward Toby Petersen as the Edmonton nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey". The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule.
Petersen, who has been a diabetic since childhood, is in his third season with the Oilers organization. He has scored six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 60 games with the Oilers since being recalled from the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League on October 27, 2006.
He leads the Oilers with two shorthanded goals this season, scoring both in a span of three games in early March. The 28-year-old centre scored his first shorthanded goal at Anaheim on March 9th and added his second at Los Angeles on March 12th.
In 2005-06, Petersen led the Iowa Stars in scoring and finished 16th in the American Hockey League scoring race with a career-high 73 points. The 510", 197-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota scored 26 goals and a career-high 47 assists in 79 games with Iowa. He added 2-4-6 in seven Calder Cup playoff games.
Following Iowas elimination from the AHL playoffs, he joined the Oilers for their Stanley Cup playoff run and scored a goal in two playoff game appearances. He netted his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal in his second game, scoring the opening goal in Edmontons 5-4 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Rexall Place on May 23rd.
Now in his seventh pro season, Petersen, who originally signed as a free agent with the Oilers on July 30, 2004, has scored 16-23-39 with 12 PIM in 151 career NHL games.