Wait a minute. Who?
Lennart Petrell is a very underrated player for the Edmonton Oilers who had a pretty brilliant week. He didn’t score any goals, but he did have three assists for the week and was a plus-two – both of which are statistics that few of the Oilers can boast about having achieved, so he was a positive for the Oilers.
Add to this the fact that when he has been allowed to play at all he has largely languished on the fourth line with occasionally appearances on the third line, and the fact that he was so productive is commendable. He achieved what he did in just over 11 minutes per game, which ranks him almost at the bottom of the list in this category, so when he had chances to get on the ice, he made them count.
The highlight of his week was his shorthanded breakaway early in the opening period against the Chicago Blackhawks. Petrell actually beat Ray Emery with his shot after a nice deke, but the shot hit the post and came right back to a wide-open Jeff Petry, who scored his first goal of the season as a result.
A shorthanded goal in the first against the Blackhawks on the start of a nine-game road trip? That was the best thing that could have happened for the Oilers, and it was all because of Petrell.
He also assisted on Petry’s goal in the next game against the Dallas Stars and set up Ben Eager for his first of the season later in the game, so he played a huge role in helping the Oilers defeat the Stars in Dallas for the first time in over six years.
His efforts were also crucial in getting a couple of struggling players on the board this week, something Edmonton will need more of for the rest of the season if they hope to make the playoffs, so his contributions cannot be overlooked.
Petrell is an unsung hero on a team of superstars in the making, but it was because of his high quality play in limited time on the ice that the Oilers were able to get the three points they got this past week, which makes him the Oilers’ Player of the Week for Week 6.