Nicolas Petan

by Jamie Zadow on April 2, 2018


Nicolas Petan, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-9

Weight: 175

Born: 1995-03-22

Hometown: Delta, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2013 by Winnipeg Jets, 43rd Overall








April 2018 – Petan was rendered expendable once the Jets acquired Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues during the trade deadline. Since his return to the Moose, Petan blazed a red-hot trail in March with 11 points in 12 games and now sits tied for second on the team in scoring. At this point, it’s hard to envision Petan ever being fantasy relevant on a Jets squad with plenty of depth up front. For now, he remains a prolific AHL scorer and nothing more. Jamie Zadow


September 2017 - Petan has been battling throughout the preseason for a bottom six role on the Jets. The former second round pick in 2013 has struggled to find an offensive presence at the NHL level and has been relegated to more of a checking role in the Jets system. Petan has just 19 points in 80 career games in the NHL. - Jamie Zadow


May 2017 – Petan has the tools to be a key offensive contributor in the league despite his below-average size (5-9) for the NHL. The biggest problem is with a plethora of young talent like Winnipeg has with it’s club and sitting in the minors, where and when will he be able to get those top two line minutes? Petan played 54 games in the NHL this past season for 13 points, but seemed to be lost in the mix until getting in nine games in the AHL where he notched four goals and an assist for five points, looking like the Petan of old. If Winnipeg can find the minutes and a spot on one of the team’s scoring lines, Petan could be poised for a big bump in points, but if not, he could end up getting a little lost in the shuffle and forced to change his game to fit more of a checking line role. – David Dickenson

October 2016 – The Jets sent Petan to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL to start the season. – David Dickenson

September 2016 – The diminuative 5-9 scoring machine, who used to light up the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks looks almost ready to break into the NHL on a regular basis. After notching 32 points in 47 games with their AHL affiliate, Petan managed to get into the Jets lineup to score six points in 26 game. While short in size, there’s no discounting his speed and nose for the net, and could end up on a top-six line if anyone falters in training camp. He may take another season to find his legs, but there’s little doubt he’ll be a solid NHL point producer. David Dickenson


November 2015 – Petan had a strong training camp and made the NHL club. The problem is, the Jets are very deep with young talent and much of that talent has very high upside. Especially in terms of offense. On many teams, Petan would be a cut above. On this team, he's second fiddle to the likes of Mark Scheifele, Nik Ehlers, and a slew of veterans in their prime. Don't be discouraged by the lack of production. Petan will get there, it will just take a couple of years. Dobber


March 2014 – Nic Petan was announced to the WHL 1st All-Star Team in the Western Conference. He finished the regular season with 113 points (35 goals and 78 assists) in 63 games. Earlier in January/February, Petan went on a 16-game scoring streak, scoring 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists). Right now he has three points in three playoff games as the Winterhawks are leading 3-0 over the Vancouver Giants. -Kevin Won



March 2014 – Nic Petan has continued to produce strongly and is second in WHL scoring with 108 points in 59 games. It seems the departure of Seth Jones and Ty Rattie has not hindered Petan's ability to rack up the points. The small forward continues to have a tireless work ethic and oozes skill. Expect him to challenge a spot for the Jets in two or three years. Kevin Won



December 2013Nic Petan is one of 13 forwards selected to the Canadian Under-20 World Junior roster for the upcoming Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Sutter is expected to ice Petan in one of the top two center ice positions so he will have the chance to play with some top end prospects and post good offenisve numbers. Brendan Ross


September 2013 – Petan was among the first cuts in the Jets' training camp this year and was sent back to Portland to develop his game. He only played in one preseason game, tallying a single assist. Management doesn't want rush his development and although one of the most dynamic players of the recent 2013 draft, it was the right decision. He'll be among the leaders in the WHL again. Kevin Won


May 2013 – A potential first round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Nic Petan is the co-recipient of the CHL Top Scorer award with linemate Brendan Leipsic (Nashville Predators). The teammates each recorded 120 points to lead all three CHL leagues and Petan's 46 goals fell just a few shy of crossing the 50-goal plateau. Nic Petan was a prospect who substantially improved his production this season and his 120 points lead all draft eligible skaters. He is a bit undersized but his scoring prowess should see this hard-working forward drafted inside the top 30 picks. Brendan Ross


March 2013 – Portland's Nicolas Petan and Brendan Leipsic tied for the WHL scoring league with 120 points, a feat that has improved Petan's 2013 NHL Draft stock substantially. Petan's admirable work ethic and non-stop motor helps to subside the concerns surrounding his below-average body size. His ability to put up points through skill, hard work and determination should see Petan drafted inside the top-50 for the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


February 2013 – Nicolas Petan is lighting up the WHL, he has 40 goals and 60 assists for 100 points in only 58 games so far this year. He has an astounding plus-63 rating playing for the top ranked Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Petan has ultra-slick hands and a deceptively hard shot, his skating is good for his age but it’s his change of pace speed that impresses scouts the most. He can go from a stand still to full speed in a matter of seconds; that enables him to join and start rushes with his skilled line-mates Ty Rattie (STL) and Brendan Leipsic (NSH). As a rookie last season Petan was forced to play a fourth-line grinder type role with a stacked Portland team that made it all the way to the WHL Championship. This provided him the chance to learn the defensive side of the game. But during this campaign he has been given the opportunity to play on the top line and show off his elite level passing skills and vision. Seth Brisendine



Fantasy Outlook: B-

Still a very young player, but already getting NHL minutes. He should only get better as he gets more minutes playing on top lines. He’s always scored at every level and should be able to do that if afforded the opportunity. If forced to change game to suit a checking role, then he could be a multi-cat steal for someone.




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