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Winnipeg Jets' 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #11, Nic Petan

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To the Moose or up with the big club, Petan is looking to stick with the Jets.

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Truck

Arby

Matt

Andy

Derek

Trevor

Ian

Brian

Cole

Daniel

Allan

Phil

#43, 2nd Rd, '13

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15

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Overview:

Nic Petan had a up and down year.  After a strong training camp in 2015, Petan started the season with the Jets, but then found himself shipped down to the Moose.  After some growing pains, Petan found himself called back up to the Jets when injuries started to take their toll with the main club.  Where Petan fits in 2016-17 will be up to him, as he has some stiff competition and will have to make the most of it if he expects to stick.

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AIH Authors' Thoughts:

Truck:

Nic Petan had an up and down year as a pro rookie, but the following became clear; Petan won't thrive playing along size lugs that can't make or take a pass. He won't thrive on a line who's only objective is to put pucks in corner and grind. Neither point should be a shock. On the plus side, he produce better than any AHL regular. He also looked great in his second NHL stint. There is a lot of upside here - particularly if he plays on a more skilled line.

Andy:

Petan is the player who is on the cusp in my opinion. Last season, Petan started on the 4th line, and then was sent down to the Moose several games in. There he toiled, and struggled a bit professionally, but eventually turned things around.

Ian:

Nicolas Petan may soon find himself a victim of the Jets embarrassment of riches when it comes to their offensive depth. He made the club last year but then spent the rest of the season with the Moose because he was ineffective as a fourth line player and who could blame him? He became a great player for the Moose and found his offensive touch. His chances of making the team haven't gotten any easier this year. Only much, much harder.

Summary:

Petan is, in my opinion, is going to be logjammed in this season, and will very much find himself with the Moose, which is not a bad thing.  Petan needs a bit more seasoning and consistency as a pro, and he'll find the right environment for that development with the AHL squad. However, if the opportunity finds Petan and he's recalled to the Jets, Petan has to come out of the gates skating hard and making the best of the opportunity.  What do you think?