Jeff Petry
Jeff Petry
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Petry enjoyed his best offensive season in 2017-18, as he posted career highs in goals (12), assists (30), points (42) and shots (178). He got the chance for a larger role after Montreal lost Shea Weber to a foot injury midseason and finished with 23:30 of average ice time -- another personal best. The larger role led to an increase of more than a minute per game on the power play and 23 points as the quarterback of said unit. The downside was his minus-30 rating. That metric has its flaws, but the numbers jump out. In fairness to the player, the Canadiens weren't a very good team and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Nonetheless, there should be a similar role for Petry, at least at the start of the season, as Weber will be out until December at the earliest due to a knee injury. If he's paired with a mobile puck mover, such as Victor Mete, Petry has noticeable fantasy upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Canadiens in June 2015.
Shows off hand-eye coordination
DMontreal Canadiens
January 14, 2019
Petry scored an overtime goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Bruins.
Petry fired a shot in the first period that was clearly going wide of the net, but Brendan Gallagher redirected the puck back on target and past Tuukka Rask for the Habs first goal. Petry then played hero in overtime, swatting the puck out of midair and into the back of the net for the team's third win in the last four games. Petry is a true utility man, as he leads the team with 127 hits and ranks second with 70 blocked shots while marking the most points on the blue line (33).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Petry returned from a sports hernia that prematurely ended his 2015-16 season to average a career-high 22:07 of ice time per game this past season. Petry, who works seamlessly in cross-zone transition, posted a career-high 28 points and eight goals last season, and he added a marker in the playoffs. He's been a much better defenseman compared to his four-plus years in Edmonton, where he posted an egregious minus-65 rating over 295 contests. He doesn't possess the offensive attributes of the slick-passing Andrei Markov (now in the KHL), nor can he replicate Shea Weber's howitzer slap shot (who can?) but he's the most well-balanced blueliner wearing a "CH" sweater. With the departure of Markov, Alexei Emelin and Nathan Beaulieu, he should be a fixture on the second pairing with newcomer David Schlemko.
Plucked from the Oilers at the tail end of 2014-15, Petry was signed to a six-year, $33 million deal last summer to provide the Canadiens with a quality defender. He more or less met expectations, but rarely delivered offensively, and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 season early. Petry’s minus-6 was his best since the strike-shortened 2012-13 season – a rare good year for his old team, the Oilers – and it surely would have been better had Carey Price been stopping pucks all season. Petry worked well on the second pairing, seeing time with Alexei Emelin and Nathan Beaulieu, and he posted a career-best Corsi For of 54.4 percent, which also led Montreal’s defensemen. He’s far from an elite scorer, having notched just 16 points in 51 games, but his .31 points per game pace represented the second-best rate of his career. Petry will return to a spot on the second pairing to bear a defensive burden again for the Habs in 2016-17.
The Habs acquired Petry from Edmonton at the trade deadline and locked him up to a long-term extension in June, so he's expected to be a steady presence on the Montreal blue line for years to come. However, it's questionable what sort of upside he can offer fantasy owners -- even the uptick in scoring Petry saw after the trade (seven points in 19 games) would only translate to 30 points over a full season. He'll remain an asset in leagues that count hits and blocks, and his plus/minus is likely to improve, but the fantasy appeal is otherwise limited.
Petry's claim to fame for fantasy owners won't be in his offensive abilities (17 points), but may be in his ability to stop frozen vulcanized rubber with his body (132 last season) and lay hits (181). In other words, he's not afraid to throw his body around for the benefit of the team, something he will have to continue to do in order to remain in the lineup.
Petry is slated to be paired with Phillip Larsen as the Oilers third defensive pair, but that is hardly written in stone. He will be in a battle with three or four other players for what may be the final spot on defense. Petry is a solid d-man, but hardly spectacular. And certainly not the type to offer much help to fantasy owners.
Petry is a solid defenseman who played on the Oilers' top pairing last season. He scored two goals and added 23 assists, but his future is more of a top four d-man. He's good in his own zone, but lacks true offensive upside to be given big power play minutes. Expect about 30 points and 100 each of hits and blocked shots.
Petry had his first go around with the Oilers last season, scoring a single goal and adding four assists in 35 games. He is a smart defenseman who has a mean streak, and sees the ice well in front of him. He can be an effective d-man at the NHL level, but may not start the season with Edmonton, though injuries and roster moves could have him back with the big club before long.
Petry made his professional debut late last season with Springfield, playing eight games, and will start the season with Springfield this season. In dynasty leagues he is a player to keep an eye on as he possesses the skills to eventually be a top flight offensive defenseman. He can pass, shoot, and plays with an edge. He is unlikely to make his Oilers debut this season however.
Petry was the Oilers second round draft pick in 2006. In 80 college games he has five goals and 38 points. He is still a few years away from being able to compete on the pro level.
Legit top two defenseman who will return to Michigan State for his sophomore season. If he were to leave college and turn pro he could very well be on the Oilers blue line next season.
Petry has the talent to be a solid, two-way defender for the Oilers. He needs time to develop, which should start this year as he'll attend Michigan State for his freshman year in the Fall.
Edmonton's first round pick in the 2006 draft is expected to return to the USHL in the fall.
Petry carries the dreaded "projectable frame" tag which means he's eons away from the NHL. He has the potential to contribute a little offense, but it's unlikely he'll be anything but a thrid pairing guy.
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Tallies helper in defeat
DMontreal Canadiens
January 11, 2019
Petry recorded a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Blues.
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Scores game-winner
DMontreal Canadiens
January 9, 2019
Petry scored a goal, blocked three shots and had one hit over 21:27 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Detroit.
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Leads team in TOI
DMontreal Canadiens
January 8, 2019
Petry had six shots and four hits over a team-high 27:08 of ice time in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Wild.
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Dream season continues
DMontreal Canadiens
December 31, 2018
Petry provided the game-winning goal in overtime Monday in a 3-2 win over Dallas.
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Sets up power-play goal
DMontreal Canadiens
December 20, 2018
Petry had the primary assist on a power-play goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche. He also contributed one shot, one blocked shot and four hits over 23:45 of ice time.
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