The hockey world moves fast. As little transactions there are compared to the other North American sports leagues, in the NHL, there are often players forgotten and the depth of a team can just be shuffled around in the off-season.
As the months of summer die down, the trades and signings that happened either last summer of in the middle of the previous season could easily be forgotten and create a “oh yeah, he’s there now” moment.
On trade deadline day last season, the Leafs made one single trade that sent pending free agent Par Lindholm to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for post-prospect forward Nic Petan.
Petan was considered a player with some potential when he was drafted in the second-round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but since then he’s just waded in between the Jets and their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.
Now at the age of 24 and just 113 NHL games of experience, he’s on a Toronto roster that will have plenty of forwards fighting for very few spots on what should be a highly-offensive team in the 2019-20 regular season. There is a sense that GM Kyle Dubas and co. had a plan this …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation