WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan is hoping the third time is the charm.
“It’s my third year.” Petan said. “Going into it I know what it’s going to be like.”
The Winnipeg Jets second round draft pick from 2013 is ready to make the leap to the pros and with a number of departures on forward this off-season, there could be room for Petan on the Jets, if he has a strong camp.
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“Just work as hard as I can.” Petan said. “As a smaller guy I think that’s the main thing. You know, I think the skill will show, and you know the plays will show, but just got to work hard and just do my thing.”
Last season Petan did his thing to the tune of 89 points in 54 games with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. He’s posted 70-plus assists for the last three seasons. He also appeared in six pre-season games with the Jets last fall and the 5-foot-9-inch Petan hit his goal of adding ten pounds over the summer and now tips the scales at 181 pounds.
“I’ve always just wanted to be here.” Petan said. “And I’ve been skating at it all summer so I’ve gotten used to it. I don’t notice a difference at all.”
Petan gained valuable experience at the last two World Junior Hockey Championships and having competed on the big stage it’s prepared Petan for the next step, be it with the Jets, or the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose.
“Going to pro I’m very excited.” Petan said. “Summer’s over and you know the season is starting so I just got to prove myself.”
Jets players will report for physicals on Thursday followed by their first on-ice practice on Friday.