Petry out to impress Oilers

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

Jeff Petry is getting another chance to make a good impression.

The Edmonton Oilers rookie defenceman was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings after having sat out Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.

With Shawn Belle sent back to the minors, Petry is expected to help fill in for the injured Ryan Whitney.

“It’s unfortunate that guys are going down,” Petry said. “But it’s part of the game and I think it’s a great opportunity for me to step in and get some good playing time and develop my game and make a name for myself.”

Tuesday’s game was the third for Petry with the Oilers this season.

The team’s second-round pick in 2006, Petry, 23, had seven goals and 14 assists with the Oklahoma City Barons prior to his call-up.

“The first 10 games were a little slow for me there, getting used to the game,” Petry said. “But as time when on and I played more games, I felt a lot more comfortable.”

As one of the Oiler’s top blue-line prospects, the Farmington Hills, Mich., product is expected to be given every opportunity to develop.

Against the Red Wings, Petry played nearly 20 minutes, seeing time in both power-play and penalty-killing situations.

“Each game I’ve felt better out there, but there are still a lot of things I need to work on, a lot of things I need to improve on,” Petry said. “I think each game and each day just practising with the guys, I’ll gain a comfort level.”

— Van Diest


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