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R S 09-24-2012 12:14 PM

C Nic Petan - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2013, 43rd overall, Winnipeg)
 
Currently leads the WHL in scoring with 8 points through the Hawks first 3 games. Kid works hard, has great hands, but isn't the biggest player in the world.

Safe to say he's in a similar boat as teammate Brenden Leipsic was last year. Will have to battle all year to ensure he gets drafted.

He had 35 points last year and I wouldn't be shocked to see that number jump up to 75 or more.

Either way he's a kid to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

S E P H 09-24-2012 12:19 PM

What is he like 5'7"?

Him and De Leo have had the same problem in the years past for Portland. They've always been such a stacked team that some of the their (like these two) always had limited roles, then out of nowhere they go on crazy tears like this.

I will say that his kid has some AMAZING hands, which makes space and time for him and his teammates.

theIceWookie 09-24-2012 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by S E P H (Post 54553475)
What is he like 5'7"?

Him and De Leo have had the same problem in the years past for Portland. They've always been such a stacked team that some of the their (like these two) always had limited roles, then out of nowhere they go on crazy tears like this.

I will say that his kid has some AMAZING hands, which makes space and time for him and his teammates.

You got to love the talent they get. It's simply astounding how good they seem to collect it.

How many 1st rounders have they had in recent years? Since the 2010 draft they have had 15 drafted players, 5 of them first rounders. For reference they had 18 drafted players in the preceding 10 years (2000-2009).

I've heard comparisons to Eberle in the way he plays offensively. Seems a little premature for 3 games but is there any truth to it?

Aaron Vickers 09-24-2012 07:11 PM

Nabbed WHL Player of the Week honours for his efforts. Much deserved, too!

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The Portland Winterhawks forward earned first star nominations in two of the three games in the WHL’s opening week on the strength of four goals and four assists.
http://futureconsiderations.ca/petan...-opening-week/

maplehawk 10-09-2012 09:36 PM

this kid is really slick.

R S 10-10-2012 04:37 PM

Watched him last night, will see him live tonight. Didn't do a ton last night.

maplehawk 10-11-2012 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Renegade Stylings (Post 54893141)
Watched him last night, will see him live tonight. Didn't do a ton last night.

i disagree to an extent. he's not showing up on the scoresheet but the kid is a ball of energy every single shift. he's also quite adept at gaining the zone and setting up a play.

gaining the line, stopping up and finding the trailer seems to be a talent of his. he's got real nice wheels and a good set of hands too.

portland should be a dominant team this year. they just seem a level above their opponents for the most part - but especially this weekend. i thought they outplayed the pats by a fair margin last night but got some bad luck, and then tonight was a blowout.

R S 10-11-2012 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by maplehawk (Post 54903431)
i disagree to an extent. he's not showing up on the scoresheet but the kid is a ball of energy every single shift. he's also quite adept at gaining the zone and setting up a play.

gaining the line, stopping up and finding the trailer seems to be a talent of his. he's got real nice wheels and a good set of hands too.

portland should be a dominant team this year. they just seem a level above their opponents for the most part - but especially this weekend. i thought they outplayed the pats by a fair margin last night but got some bad luck, and then tonight was a blowout.

I'm not knocking the kid, just saying that the recent game against Regina wasn't one of his best. Also didn't think he was too amazing last night in Saskatoon. I've definitely seen better from him.

Bjorkstrand was much better last night when comparing the two.

maplehawk 10-29-2012 05:48 PM

Petan is really starting to find the scoresheet with regularity now. How high do you think this kid could climb? Does his size keep limit him to a middle/late round pick?

CSS had him as a "C" player in their first rankings, but he's gotta be a riser the way he's playing. Love this guy.

R S 10-29-2012 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by maplehawk (Post 55379339)
Petan is really starting to find the scoresheet with regularity now. How high do you think this kid could climb? Does his size keep limit him to a middle/late round pick?

CSS had him as a "C" player in their first rankings, but he's gotta be a riser the way he's playing. Love this guy.

Similar player to Leipsic last year. Both undersized, but doesn't hold them back. I think Petan has more skill but Leipsic was grittier and is actually known across the league as being 'crazy' while on the ice. I wouldn't hesitate to say that Petan could end up being drafted in the top 3.5 rounds or so.

IHaveNoCreativity 10-29-2012 07:10 PM

Jesus Christ they keep coming in Portland.. The rise of the WinterHawks, will this team ever be bad again ?

S E P H 10-29-2012 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by IHaveNoCreativity (Post 55381531)
Jesus Christ they keep coming in Portland.. The rise of the WinterHawks, will this team ever be bad again ?

They got an insane scouting department, but definitely have been lucky with Nino joining, which made more higher talented players in Bartschi and Bjorkstrand to come over. They also draft some high American players in the later rounds who would only want to play for Portland or in the US division.

R S 10-30-2012 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by S E P H (Post 55381679)
They got an insane scouting department, but definitely have been lucky with Nino joining, which made more higher talented players in Bartschi and Bjorkstrand to come over. They also draft some high American players in the later rounds who would only want to play for Portland or in the US division.

I wouldn't say they have an insane scouting department, I just think it's more of the fact that they have a great history of having success with American kids, so they aren't afraid to draft them like most teams still are.

IHaveNoCreativity 10-30-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Renegade Stylings (Post 55396641)
I wouldn't say they have an insane scouting department, I just think it's more of the fact that they have a great history of having success with American kids, so they aren't afraid to draft them like most teams still are.

Is anyone able to rival their success with Americans ?

R S 10-30-2012 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by IHaveNoCreativity (Post 55397039)
Is anyone able to rival their success with Americans ?

Not in the WHL, that's for sure.

S E P H 10-30-2012 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Renegade Stylings (Post 55396641)
I wouldn't say they have an insane scouting department, I just think it's more of the fact that they have a great history of having success with American kids, so they aren't afraid to draft them like most teams still are.

I probably was over exaggerating their scouting department, but it is still very good. Though I think we can agree that their winning history makes it easier for them to draft Americans that other teams wouldn't want to draft or demand a trade from (IE Jones from Everett).

IHaveNoCreativity 10-30-2012 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Renegade Stylings (Post 55397245)
Not in the WHL, that's for sure.

Does anyone have the potential too ?

R S 10-31-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by IHaveNoCreativity (Post 55411233)
Does anyone have the potential too ?

Not that I can see

couture23 10-31-2012 02:06 PM

Does it seem that he will be in the area to be a late second rounder?

R S 10-31-2012 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by couture23 (Post 55421309)
Does it seem that he will be in the area to be a late second rounder?

I doubt it, but I also said Leipsic would be a 5-7 rounder last year and he went way earlier then that.

IHaveNoCreativity 10-31-2012 09:24 PM

How's Dominic Turgeon looked so far ?

S E P H 10-31-2012 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by IHaveNoCreativity (Post 55431131)
How's Dominic Turgeon looked so far ?

He's playing a grinding role and getting grinding minutes so far due to Winterhawks depth. We gotta wait until some players graduation like Rattie and Peters who are getting decent minutes on 5v5 and PP. Though you can see his flashes of skill and stickhandling.

R S 11-01-2012 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by S E P H (Post 55433795)
He's playing a grinding role and getting grinding minutes so far due to Winterhawks depth. We gotta wait until some players graduation like Rattie and Peters who are getting decent minutes on 5v5 and PP. Though you can see his flashes of skill and stickhandling.

I would echo these comments. Kid's not a checker, being forced to playing checking minutes due to team depth.

maplehawk 11-04-2012 11:46 AM

Little conversation I had with Craig Button via twitter re: Nic

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anton tibaldi ‏@antontibaldi
@CraigJButton I'm pretty high on Winterhawks' Nic Petan. Does his size limit him a mid-late round pick or do you think he could go higher?

9m Craig Button ‏@CraigJButton
@antontibaldi I like Nic & think he's a very good player who is very smart. Mistakes are constantly made because of size concerns. (Cont)

7m Craig Button ‏@CraigJButton
@antontibaldi (Cont) These are young players with lots of maturity ahead of them. Certain teams never close their minds & they're successful

@antontibaldi One more thing on Nic. When you think like he does & be productive like he is, one shouldn't overlook potential based on size.



Seems as though Craig doesn't think his size will stop teams for taking him early. I'll say late 2nd/early 3rd round is definitely a possibility for Nic.

maroon 6 12-20-2012 09:24 AM

2nd in WHL for points
1st in ppg

What are the flaws to his game, other than size?


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