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02-02-2013, 01:56 PM
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Why doesn't Nicolas Petan get more love around here?

He's leading the entire CHL in scoring on the best team in junior hockey as a 17-year-old. What's there not to love about this kid besides his size? He's only two inches shorter than MacKinnon and Drouin anyway. If Portland wins the Memorial Cup and Petan has a huge tournament, do you guys think he could become a mid first rounder?

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02-02-2013, 03:12 PM
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2 inches and 20+pounds isn't an insignificant difference.

Despite that, if he continues his performances then I expect a team will take him in the 20-25 range. I seen that the TSN ranking had him around the 50 mark, but I don't believe for a second that a team isn't going to gamble on him a good bit before that. He has great upside.

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I'm very intrigued by this player. I've seen him play, but last season, before he started to dominate. I don't really know what his skillset looks like.

But the fact that he's outscoring Rattie definitely has to count for a lot.

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I'm trying to figure out the exact same thing.

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Notice yesterday that he had 93 points, and I was like holy ****..

5'9 will be tough in the big league..

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I think it has to do with his frame. Must not believe the kid can put on enough muscle to play in the big league, or take the abuse.

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02-02-2013, 06:52 PM
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The 5'9 listing is pretty generous.

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5-9 is always a problem, but what Petan has that many small players that don't succeed in the NHL have is elusiveness. Petan can weave his way through traffic, showing some promise he can handle bigger and tough competition.

Still, he needs to rely on it because without elusiveness, he's done. A high risk but HUGE reward type of prospect

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5-9 is always a problem, but what Petan has that many small players that don't succeed in the NHL have is elusiveness. Petan can weave his way through traffic, showing some promise he can handle bigger and tough competition.

Still, he needs to rely on it because without elusiveness, he's done. A high risk but HUGE reward type of prospect
I think you might see a team with 2 2nd round picks snatch him up.

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Look at Conacher this year, he is having little trouble adjusting to the NHL and he's 5'8 175ish. Petan should be an early 2nd rounder if no one takes a chance on him in the first.

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He is small and I'm going to watch him play against the Giants on Feb 11th.

He really stood out in the 1st game I saw him in this season and believe that a team will take him in the 25 range at the draft.

A strong playoff might help a team get over his size a bit but it's always an issue with smaller guys until they make it.

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Yeah, there's no way he's more than 5'7".

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I think you might see a team with 2 2nd round picks snatch him up.
I see Montreal picking him. Timmins doesn't mind drafting small talented players. And we have 3 second round picks.

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Yeah, there's no way he's more than 5'7".
He is. He was measured by Central Scouting at the Prospects game as 5'8.25

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I see Montreal picking him. Timmins doesn't mind drafting small talented players. And we have 3 second round picks.

Gallagher have a similar size. While he's often on his butt, he's quite a good NHLer so far.

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How is his skating?

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He's leading the entire CHL in scoring on the best team in junior hockey as a 17-year-old. What's there not to love about this kid besides his size? He's only two inches shorter than MacKinnon and Drouin anyway. If Portland wins the Memorial Cup and Petan has a huge tournament, do you guys think he could become a mid first rounder?
Size is bringing him done. He's early first round talent probably be drafted late first round. See Dan Briere his draft year.

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Can he fight?

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Probably top 3 in the WHL. Kids a beast

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How is his skating?
His skating is good. He doesn't shy away from physical play, but his frame is the only real negative on him.

The fact that it is such a deep draft might mean that teams stick with "safer" picks, but he is the same size and, IMO, a better player than Tyler Ennis was when he was drafted in the first round.

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He is. He was measured by Central Scouting at the Prospects game as 5'8.25
Sounds about right, dunno how that gets rounded up. I think the bigger concern is his frame than his height anyway.

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Sounds about right, dunno how that gets rounded up. I think the bigger concern is his frame than his height anyway.
Teams will be kicking themselves if he hits a growth spurt. He's still so young. I could see him hitting 5'11 - 185/190 in 3-4yrs.

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Teams will be kicking themselves if he hits a growth spurt. He's still so young. I could see him hitting 5'11 - 185/190 in 3-4yrs.
That's assuming he can play a 5'11 man's game, which is hard to say at this point. He'd be expected to play the body, would have a much higher center of gravity, less quickness, etc. A lot of players that suddenly grow at an older age like that have a hard time adjusting to their frame.

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I'm willing to bet a team in the 20-30 range sees him as low risk-high reward and goes for it. He really is a tremendous player.

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