2009-10: Nicolas Petan was a dominant scorer for the North Shore Winter Club bantam team in British Columbia. He scored 76 goals with 63 assists in 57 games in PCAHA play and led the club to a fourth-place finish in the Western Canada bantam championships. Petan was selected by Portland in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
2010-11: Petan played three regular season games and seven playoff contests for Portland as a 15-year -old and skated for the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the British Columbia Midget Major League. He had 1 assist and was plus-one in the regular season for the Winterhawks and had no points or penalties in limited playoff ice time. Petan scored 19 goals with 30 assists and had 36 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Canadians and scored 3 goals with 3 assists and 18 penalty minutes in six BCMML playoff games. Petan was the second-leading scorer for gold medal-winning Team British Columbia at the Canada Winter games; finishing with 4 goals and 8 assists in 12 games.
2011-12: Petan had 35 points in 61 games as a WHL rookie for a veteran-dominated Portland team with several NHL prospects and played for Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 14 goals with 21 assists and was plus-seven with 22 penalty minutes. The Winterhawks had the WHL’s third best record and reached the playoff finals; losing to Edmonton in Game 7. Petan was scoreless and minus-two with 4 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games.
2012-13: Petan won a gold medal with Canada’s U18 team in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Portland for his second season. He was part of the WHL’s top line with NHL prospects Ty Rattie (STL) and Brendan Leipsic (NSH). Petan led the WHL with 74 assists and shared the overall points title with Leipsic, finishing with 120 points in 68 games. His 46 goals were fourth-most in the WHL behind Leipsic (49), Rattie (48) and Saskatoon’s Josh Nicholls (47). Portland had the league’s best record, finishing first in the U.S. Division, and captured the club’s first WHL Championship in its third straight final appearance. Petan scored 9 goals with 19 assists in 21 playoff games and was plus-13 with 16 penalty minutes. The Winterhawks reached the Memorial Cup championship game, falling 6-4 to Halifax. Petan scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was plus-1 in five Memorial Cup games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Petan was ranked 33rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Winnipeg in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Petan attended his first NHL camp with the Jets before returning to Portland for a third season. The WHL’s second-leading scorer behind Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg, he represented the WHL in the Subway Series and played for the Canada U20 team in the 2014 World Juniors. Petan had 35 goals and led the WHL with 78 assists; finishing plus-47 with 69 penalty minutes. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL Finals for the fourth straight year; falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Petan scored 7 goals with 21 assists and was plus-7 with 38 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. In seven games for fourth-place Canada at the World Juniors he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was plus-1 with 12 penalty minutes. Canada lost to Russia, 2-1, in the bronze medal game. Petan signed a three-year entry-level contact with Winnipeg in December 2013.
Petan is an offensively gifted with high-end skating skills. While his size might prove detrimental, he pals a “big” game and relishes physical play. He has a quick release and is a slick passer.
Petan was one of the several young prospects who dazzled with their offensive skills during development camp before returning to junior hockey in 2014-15. Back with a Portland team that has several new faces after reaching the WHL finals the past four seasons, Petan is looking to build on his past success after back-to-back 100 point seasons. Petan is expected to be one of the returnees for the Canada U20 team which hosts the 2015 World Juniors. Long range, while he will be challenged to play with the same type of tenacity at the NHL level given his size, Petan has the ability to be an effective scorer and two -way forward.