The Vancouver Canucks have added a nice depth piece up front in forward Nic Petan. Petan has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the minimum $750K NHL salary and a substantial $450K AHL salary, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The slippery winger has not been a regular player in the NHL for a few years, but has 136 games of experience, stellar AHL numbers, and at 26 still has room to improve.
Petan, a 2013 second-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets, always seemed like a talented prospect who was on the verge of a breakthrough, but it never came. Petan showed flashes of ability, even recording 13 points in 54 games for the Jets in his best NHL season, but could never hold down an NHL job. When he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018, the hopes was that his style of play and the Leafs’ need for affordable help would be an ideal match, but it resulted only in less opportunity and fewer results.
Will Vancouver finally be the right fit for Petan? It still seems like the skilled forward has more to offer than has been seen in the NHL thus far. His AHL production is incredibly strong and he plays a slick, play-making style that should create offense no matter what level he is at. With a number of talented shooters and net front disruptors on the Canucks, perhaps Petan will be able to put his strengths to work in his new home and surprise everyone as an impact player. If not, he’s a nice depth piece all the same at a minimum salary.