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Agent: Jets' Nic Petan 'on outside looking in'

Agent: Jets' Nic Petan 'on outside looking in'
Published On: Mon, Jun 11
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Patrik Laine shakes hands with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected as the number two overall draft pick by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Nic PetanA appeared in only 15 games with the Winnipeg Jets this season, spending the rest of the season with the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

Petan, who has appeared in a total of 95 games over the past three seasons with the Jets, is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season. His agent, Joe Oliver, believes his future isn't bright in Winnipeg.

"I think theya€™re one of the more exciting teams to watch in the NHL, and therea€™s a little bit of envy because I would like Nic to be part of that,"A Oliver told the Winnipeg Free Press. "But at this point he seems to be on the outside looking in.

"Hea€™s champing at the bit to say, a€˜Hey, listen. I want to be part of it.a€™ But that may not be possible just because of the number of players in front of him."

Petan, who was selected 43rd overall in 2013, sits behindA Nikolaj Ehlers,A Kyle Connor, Mathieu Perrault,A Andrew Copp,A andA Brandon TanevA on the team's depth chart at left wing.A Brendan Lemieux, who appeared in nine games last season, AHL standout Mason Appleton and 2017 first-round pickA Kristian Vesalainen are also expected to compete with Petan for a roster spot next season.A Shawn Matthias, who appeared in 27 games at left wingA this season, is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The 23-year-old posted 15 goals and 52 points in 52 AHL contests last season, but his success hasn't transferred to the NHL, where he has five goals and 21 points in 95 career contests. Still, Oliver believes Petana€™s ceiling remains high andA he just needs an opportunity to prove it.

"I think hea€™s a top-six player in the NHL," OliverA said.

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