Although shutting down the many rumours spreading throughout the city in the early stages of the week that Petan had indeed signed his deal, player agent Joe Oliver finally announced late Tuesday night that his player had in fact re-upped for one year with Winnipeg.
After four exceptionally successful Western Hockey League campaigns with the Portland Winterhawks, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound winger made his NHL debut for the Jets – the team that drafted him 43rd overall in 2013. Although often bouncing up and down between Winnipeg’s American Hockey League affiliate, Petan has managed to record five goals and 21 points in 95 NHL games.
The luxury of passing through Waivers will no longer be an option, as Petan’s new deal does not include a Waiver exemption, meaning the 23-year-old would not have a free ride back to the Moose should the Jets keep him beyond opening night and then want to send him down.
The once highly touted prospect has found himself buried deep beneath Nik Ehlers, Kyle Connor, Mathieu Perreault, Jack Roslovic, Brandon Tanev and Andrew Copp and Marko Dano in the Jets’ forward corps. Training camp should see Petan do battle with Manitoba Moose rookie all-star Mason Appleton, Brendan Lemieux and Finnish star Kristian Vesalianen.
After putting pen to paper on the Petan deal, Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff must now turn his attention to defenceman Josh Morrissey and his three other remaining restricted free agents, Eric Comrie, JC Lipon and Nic Kerdiles.
With a little over $10 million in cap space available to spend, Morrissey will certainly command the largest sum of cash. Once a deal is reached, Cheveldayoff will then shift his focus to the contracts of captain Blake Wheeler and sniper Patrik Laine.