What to expect from Nic Petan this summer

It has now been over a calendar year since Nic Petan was acquired by the Leafs in a trade that saw them move Par Lindholm to the Jets, and the former has yet to fully realize his potential. He is nearly halfway through a two-year deal and has played in 21 NHL games with the Blue and White in that span.
So is Petan this quality AHL scorer who makes infrequent appearances in the NHL, or is he a player that could provide secondary scoring in the big leagues? Given that he was a late addition to the Leafs Phase 3 roster, it would appear that even the team doesn’t yet know what to make of Petan’s place in the organization.
By The Numbers
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Petan split this past season between the Leafs and Marlies, with two different outcomes coming from both teams.
On the big club, he registered just three assists in 16 games as he was limited to primarily fourth line duties and was a frequent healthy scratch. By the time Sheldon Keefe was promoted to head coach, his appearances were more sporadic before being sent to the Marlies for good by December.
Speaking …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Top Leafs Outside the NHL: #3 Nic Petan

It’s safe to say that Nic Petan is another player who benefited in his rankings from the NHL readiness criteria, over potential upside. He’s certainly shown that he’s too good for the AHL, but interestingly enough when he’s played in the NHL, the results have consistently been underwhelming. Petan seems to be the ultimate tweener, and heir apparent to the Seth Griffith legacy of being just good enough that you’d hate to see him lost on waivers for nothing, but not good enough that you want to see him in the lineup every night.
Last season Nic Petan had 16 games in the NHL and put up 3 points. This is noteworthy since his time in the AHL says he’ll be an offensive contributor and with 31 points in 25 games with the Marlies last season, he had the highest points per game pace. He was given a chance to play an offensive role in a number of situations, Spezza, and Kapanen were two of his most frequent linemates, but Gauthier was his also in that mix. He had the opportunity to play with Tavares, and Matthews as well, in hopes that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Johnsson is broken. 3 Marlies Recalled

The @MapleLeafs have recalled forwards Nic Petan and Pontus Aberg and defenceman Martin Marincin from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Forward Andreas Johnsson will be placed on long-term injury reserve.
Details: https://t.co/bK5GdHolkX pic.twitter.com/3uyMl9rmYp
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 6, 2019
You don’t need to worry about the salary cap if your players are always injured

Unfortunately the injured player is Andreas Johnsson, and the fact that the Leafs put him on the long-term injury reserve means we aren’t going to be seeing him again until after Christmas.
Johnsson has been a staple of the Matthews-Nylander line, a line that has needed a bit of a shake up lately, and I guess this is how they’ll get it. I’m not going to speculate on how that role will be filled because honestly Sheldon Keefe has shown a willingness to go off completely against what we’ve seen under Mike Babcock, so I’d be curious if the Marner-Matthews-Nylander experiment continues, or if it’s time for something completely different.
The Recalls
Martin Marincin and Nic Petan getting recalled is standard practice at this point. I’m not sure how much I agree with …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Will the 3rd time be a charm for Nic Petan?

Nic Petan has been a bit of a yo-yo this season. He’s been waived twice, and now recalled three times from the Marlies…

#Leafs have recalled Nic Petan and Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Marlies. Team is set to practice here shortly.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 12, 2019
The past few recalls have resulted in some press box sitting, some depth roles, and one glorious game of playing with Tavares and Marner, that unfortunately didn’t spark the glorious beginning of the offensive era of Nic Petan.
Alas, things can be different this go around. Petan’s recall is a result of the Mitch Marner’s four week, at minimum, absence. An absence that creates a hole in the top nine forward group, and potentially creating a chance for Petan to play with regular linemates in offensive situations.
That might be complicated slightly be the return of Zach Hyman, which could push Petan into a platooning situation with Jason Spezza, but the optimist in me wants to believe the Leafs are going to do everything in their power to make Petan a regular.
So what does that look like?
Well, let’s assume that the Matthews line goes untouched in this, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation