March 21: The contract has been officially announced, extending Petan through the 2021-22 season. The average annual value of the deal is $775K.
March 18: The Toronto Maple Leafs have been busy this season locking up their depth restricted free agents, and are expected to do so again soon. Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports that the team is close to a two-year extension with Nic Petan, who was scheduled to become an RFA this summer. Petan was acquired by the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline and is currently earning just over $874K at the NHL level on a one-year contract.
Petan, 23, has only played three games with the Maple Leafs since being acquired but may be on the verge of getting some regular playing time thanks to Frederik Gauthier’s injury. The diminutive forward can play both the wing and center and provides some solid offensive depth for the Maple Leafs moving forward. Originally selected in the second round back in 2013, Petan was a dynamic scoring threat at the junior level and has proven capable of that production in the AHL as recently as 2017-18 when he recorded 52 points in 52 games.
That success never amounted to a ton of playing time in Winnipeg, but has earned him enough trust from the Maple Leafs to extend him before even really seeing how he fits in. Toronto needs to find underpaid forwards to help fill out the fringes of their roster as they approach a cap crunch, but Petan will need to prove that he can perform at the NHL level before earning the trust of head coach Mike Babcock.