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Looking Into The Future: Alex Petrovic


Alex Petrovic was drafted in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers at 36th overall. He has been played for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League for 4 years. In the 2010-2011 season, Petrovic had 50 assists with 7 goals and ended the year a plus 27 in 69 regular season games. This season he had his best offensive numbers. In 2011, he was offered a three year entry level contract with the Panthers. After the Red Deer’s season ended, he was quickly sent to play for the Panthers AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. During the 5 regular season games he played with San Antonio, he got 1 goal and 1 assist but 2 goals and 4 assists during the playoffs for the Rampage.

Petrovic is a tall defenseman standing at 6’4” at 206 pounds. He is known for his strong physical play always willing to defend his team. He can move the puck out of his zone well and has a hard shot which is critical as a defenseman. He is becoming better in the offensive zone and that will improve with experience. He even mentioned that his play during the San Antonio playoff series has helped him in a big way.

This is what Petrovic had to say after this past week’s Developmental Camp “I think it was a successful week. Everyone got to know each other” “All the new draft picks got to see what they’re like. I think everyone got along really well.” Just like many of the other prospects, Alex will be fighting for a roster spot during training camp for this upcoming Panther season. The Panthers have already loaded up on defensemen with the resigning of Keaton Ellerby, signing of Filip Kuba and probably resigning Dmitry Kulikov soon so Petrovic will have to show his best skills on the ice during training camp if he really wants to make this team. One thing is for sure, Petrovic will definitely be a great asset when he does make the team whether it is this season or a few years from now.

Here is a video showing a fight of Alex Petrovic while playing for the Red Deer Rebels.

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