Prospect: Nick Petersen
Petersen played most of the 2010-2011 season in Wheeling (ECHL) and was among the league leaders in scoring as a rookie when he was called up to the AHL.
Petersen impressed many people in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right away and they expect he will turn into an excellent player in the near future. Jason Iacona of Chirps from Center Ice described Petersen as a “Mack truck with soft hands.”
Petersen will probably start on the 3rd line in WBS next season and could see some PP time and an increased role as the season progresses.
He recently set a Wilkes-Barre record for assists in a game with 5.
Petersen is a tall, relatively lanky kid with a very projectable frame. He is an offensively skilled player adept along the walls, in the corners, and around the net. Decent offensively, he could improve but is not a liability.
Offense: Large frame that he uses effectively down low. Soft hands but not a great one-on-one player due to his lack of footspeed. Heavy shot that he likes to use in the upper third of the net. Good breakaway and shootout guy – he picks his spots well when he has time. Drives to the net hard but could stand to do that even more. Passing could use some work. Definitely a goal scorer.
Defense: Positionally sound but slow on the backcheck. Will block a shot but not a penalty killer.
Physicality: Physical player on the forecheck, good on the cycle, and plays an excellent puck possession game. Like to hit but is not a thunderous hitter. Not much of a mean streak but will not be intimidated.
What Others are Saying About Petersen
Peterson is a left-handed winger who plays an offensively robust style of game. An above average puck-distributor and okay skater, Peterson’s best attribute is his ability to put the puck in the net – particularly off the cycle. The 20-year-old needs to work on his acceleration however if he hopes to maximize his skating ability. Although he does a good job of utilizing his frame to protect the puck, he also needs to play a more physically robust game for a person of his size.
FF NOTE: Not sure where everyone got the idea he was left handed – he’s clearly a right handed shot.
Video of Petersen in action
Highlights from 5 assist game:
Great play by Zack Sill to keep the puck in the zone and feed it to Petersen for first AHL goal
Breakaway goal against Charlotte