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Sharks Select Nick Petrecki With 28th Overall Pick

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke announced today that the Sharks acquired an additional first round selection (28th overall) from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second round selection (41st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

With the 28th overall selection, the Sharks selected six-foot-three, 213-pound defenseman Nicholas Petrecki from Omaha of the United States Hockey League.  Petrecki, a native of Schenectady, NY, was ranked 15th overall by The Hockey News among all North American skaters available, third among defensemen. NHL’s Central Scouting Service listed him 21st among North American skaters, 7th among defensemen.
Click here to watch the Sharks select Petrecki 28th overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Nick Petrecki“As a staff, the scouts and Burkie do an unbelievable job of identifying what it is that we really want,” said Wilson. “Then it’s a matter of getting into position to have the picks to be able to get the players you want. We’re certainly not afraid to move up or down. It really comes down to the scouts identifying the right type of people.”
“We liked Petrecki,” said Burke. “We had really good support (from our staff) across the board. It’s unusual that a player like this would be seen even by Karel (Masopust) our European scout. We didn't want to leave this guy we had good reports on. You can never have too many defenseman and we’re pretty happy to have him.
“We watched him over a three-year period and he was one of the defenseman that we really thought had a physical size element. He’s a kid that’s got a real will to win and will to learn. We think he’s really going to progress nicely. We feel fortunate to get him.”
Petrecki was equally enthusiastic about being picked by the Sharks.
“I'm very, very excited,” said Petrecki. “It’s just an honor to be in a great program and I’m very excited for the future. I was hoping to go in the first round. It happened, but at same time, first or seventh round, I want to show what I am. To be honest, I don’t know much about San Jose.”
He does know they have fellow Omaha Lancer alum Matt Carle on the squad. 
“I know Matt Carle is a former Omaha Lancer and he has done well there,” said Petrecki. “They’re doing something right with pace he’s developed. I don’t know him, but know of him through our coach. I know a lot of good things about him and saw when he and the Sharks played in Chicago this year.”
The physical Petrecki could be the best hitter available in 2007 and he does not hide from it at all.
“It’s always been a big part of my game, playing physical,” said Petrecki. “I enjoy doing it very much.” 
Education is a serious concern for the New York native, and that played a large role in his passing on the OHL as a first round pick.
“Nobody knows me better than myself and I feel the two years in Omaha made better on and off the ice,” said Petrecki.  “It was a tough choice.  I felt Omaha was my best fit on and off the ice and I wanted to finish high school in the states.”
The choice kept him college eligible and he will attend Boston College in the fall.
“I’ve been going to B.C. games since I was six or seven,” said Petrecki. “My mom is from the Massachusetts area."
Already a strong player at six-foot-three and 215 pounds, Petrecki will focus on his off-ice improvements this summer as he will be hitting the gym.
“Just get bigger and stronger every day,” said Petrecki. “I’ll focus on my core and leg strength and getting quicker.”
In his second season with Omaha, Petrecki led all team defensemen with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) and a +16 in 44 games along with 149 penalty minutes.
The Hockey News says:
“One scout said: ‘I think if this kid had played in the OHL, we’d be talking about him as a top-five pick.’  Petrecki already has NHL size and scouts love the elements of meanness in his game. He is a punishing hitter who excels in the trenches and plays a responsible defensive game. ‘He’s a real physical specimen’, said another scout.”
NHL’s Central Scouting described Petrecki as:
“A stay-at-home defenseman with excellent speed and lateral quickness… has a strong physical presence on the ice with the ability to make the big hit… is quick to the puck and makes hard and accurate passes… needs to improve the consistency of his decision-making and discipline.”
McKeen’s Hockey, who ranked Petrecki 17th overall and fifth among defensemen among draft eligible players, selected him as the player with the “Hardest Shot” and “Best Body Checker” among players outside of the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. McKeen’s also added:
“Blessed with a hulking frame that he makes the most of with arguably the draft's nastiest mean streak, Petrecki has the potential to be a commanding physical presence on the back end. His mobility is a major asset as he possesses a strong stride that gives him great range on the ice.”
Petrecki was named “USHL Defensive Player of the Week” on Jan. 2, 2007 and again on Mar. 19. He ranked fourth among USHL defensemen with 11 goals (11-12-23) in 2006-07 and was sixth in plus/minus (+17)
Petrecki is scheduled to attend Boston College in the fall of 2007.
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Omaha • USHL
6'3", 213 lbs.
Shoots left

Born: July 11, 1989 in Schenectady, NY
Final Ranking: 21 Mid-Term Ranking: 31
North American Skater

Central Scouting Report:
A stay-at-home defenseman with excellent speed and lateral quickness… has a strong physical presence on the ice with the ability to make the big hit… is quick to the puck and makes hard and accurate passes… needs to improve the consistency of his decision-making and discipline.

Hockey Profile:
Was named USHL Defensive Player of the Week on Jan. 2, 2007 and again on Mar. 19… ranked fourth among USHL defensemen with 11 goals (11-12-23) in 2006-07 and was sixth in plus minus (+17)... will attend Boston College in the fall of 2007.

Personal Profile:
Nickname is Trecks… most memorable hockey game played: Championship game of the Quebec pee wee Tournament – “I was so proud to be there and it was so much fun”… most memorable hockey game watched: 1994 Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers – “my favorite player at the time was Mark Messier”… admires his father for being a good person, a leader and credits him for having the most influence on his career because “he has showed me what it takes to be successful on the ice and in life”… patterns his game after his favorite player, Anaheim’s Chris Pronger – “he is solid at both ends of the ice”… always eating some type of pasta and taking a nap are parts of his pre-game rituals… if he had the chance to have dinner with any three people he would invite: Mark Messier, Chris Pronger and Tiger Woods “because they are all great athletes and leaders”… favorites include “fake shot with leg kick, backhand to forehand, low blocker shot” (shootout move), New York Rangers (NHL team), Seinfeld (TV show), Dumb & Dumber (movie), Guitar Hero (video game), Bruce Willis (actor) and Fall Out Boy (group).

Season   Team      League   GP    G    A    PTS   PIM
2006-07  Omaha   USHL      54    11  14    25     177


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