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Instant analysis: Jeff Petry traded to the Montreal Canadiens for draft picks.

What does Jeff Petry bring to the table?

Chris LaFrance-USA TODAY Sports

Marc Bergevin wasted no time getting work done this morning, as he pulled the trigger on the first deal of the day.

The 5th round pick can become as high as a third if the Habs win two rounds. If they win one round it becomes a fourth.

We've discussed the possibility of adding Jeff Petry to the roster in recent weeks, and at first glance this seems like a solid move by the Canadiens.

Montreal doesn't move any roster players, and they bolster their blue line with a quality player. The price, unlike other deals recently, is not exorbitant.


It's clear that Petry is a top 4 defenseman, and keep in mind he put up these numbers whilst playing for the Edmonton Oilers. Petry has 4 goals and 11 assists this season, and will be UFA at the end of the year. Don't be surprised if Bergevin plans on extending the right-handed defenceman once the summer hits.

Petry is a solid puck-moving defenceman, and has a knack for silky-smooth breakouts. He's a hard worker, and possesses a quality shot. He should probably slot in to the second pairing.