Defenseman Petry forgoing senior season for NHL
After signing a contract with the Edmonton Oilers, Jeff Petry, a junior defenseman and co-captain for the MSU hockey team, will forgo his senior season to begin his professional career.
Petry reported to the Springfield Falcons, the Edmonton Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate, on Friday and played in his first game later that day. Drafted in the second round (45th overall) by the Oilers in 2006, Petry signed a two-year NHL entry-level contract.
The three-time MSU Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year will join former MSU teammate Bryan Lerg and former Spartan Colton Fretter in Springfield.
During his time at MSU, Petry never missed a game and was the top-scoring defenseman in two of his three seasons as a Spartan. As a freshman, Petry earned All-CCHA Rookie team honors. After finishing the 2009-10 season ranked seventh in the CCHA in assists (25) and second among conference defenseman in scoring (29 points), Petry was named to the All-CCHA Second Team.