Peterson's soft 2017 finish explained

St. Cloud State senior forward Judd Peterson made the rounds this week as part of the NCHC media day festivities.

Peterson, who got off to a blazing start last season with nine goals and 13 points prior to the holiday break, had a mysteriously soft second half with just two goals and four points the rest of the way.

We know now the reason for that outcome.

Through the interviews of Peterson and Huskies head coach Bob Motzko, it was learned that Peterson suffered a torn labrum in his hip at the North Star Cup tournament in late January.

Despite the injury, Peterson continued to play with slight limitations. The bigger issue impacting his play was the countless sleepless nights which proved mentally taxing. He'd battle through, finishing the year with a great amount of time spent on the training table.

The misery came to an end in April, when he went under the knife to correct the hip. This discovery clearly explains not only his production tailing off, but also his absence from July's Development Camp.

Now healed, Peterson is back healthy for his final season of collegiate hockey.

A seventh round pick in 2012 (204th overall), Peterson has amassed 31 goals and 47 points in 111 games with St. Cloud State.
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