Nic Petan has found piles of points lately, and although he’s not putting them up in the jersey he’d most like to be in, he’s staying positive.
With 2 goals and 6 assists in his last three games with the Manitoba Moose, the Delta, BC native was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.
Petan sums up the key to his recent offensive outburst to “just keeping the game simple.”
“Sometimes you get hot and the puck goes your way,” Petan said to Andrew ‘Hustler’ Paterson and Rick Ralph of TSN 1290’s Afternoon Ride on Monday. “Big success goes to the team – we’re pretty hot right now and it seems like we’re doing everything right, so we just got to keep it going.”
Petan is doing everything right indeed – although he had a rough start to the year. He was held off the scoresheet in six games for the Jets and was sent down the hall to the AHL squad on October 25.
“Obviously, it’s not ideal to go into the year and get sent down,” he said. “But I think, just staying positive and not getting frustrated. I had a little bit of a slow start there, but… it’s all coming through and if I keep working hard, good things will happen.”
Petan’s been a prolific point producer since his return to the Moose. In 17 games, the third-year pro has three goals and 13 assists and has been a big part of Manitoba’s nine game winning streak.
With the Jets healthy and at the apex of the Central Division, some Moose players, including Petan, aren’t getting the NHL shot they may get if the parent club was injured or struggling. They’re staying focused on the task at hand, though – winning hockey games, regardless of the crest on their jersey.
“Everyone’s kind of buying into the situation,” Petan said. “Both teams are doing really well right now, and there’s really not much to complain about. Just come to the rink, have fun, and win a game, go home, and repeat.
Speaking of going home, Petan is looking forward to the Christmas break later this month, but he’s not singing “no place like home for the holidays” just yet.
The Moose have a tough stretch ahead – including two games in Toronto versus the North Division leading Marlies.
“Everyone’s looking forward to the Toronto road trip,” he said. “It’ll be a good test for our team.”