The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with defender Jeff Petry. Petry was drafted in the second round of every Oiler fan's favourite year of the last decade. Even though he was drafted in the second round he was the Oilers' first pick since Kevin Lowe had traded their first round selection to the Minnesota Wild for Dwayne Roloson. Weren't those the days? Anyway, there had been reports that a deal was close, and now it's done! So good on the Oilers for that!
As for Petry himself, he had a rough season in 2008-09 but this season he's played very well at Michigan State and considering the men on the Oilers' blue-line there's a very real chance he vaults to the NHL before the season ends. At 22, that's not even completely unreasonable. Theo Peckham, for example, is only about one month older and was taken in the third round of that same 2006 draft. With only nine games left on the schedule any time Petry plays in Edmonton shouldn't have an impact on his contract status. For more on Petry, check out Derek's write-up from last month.