Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Forwards Scott Kosmachuk and Nic Petan Could Add Scoring Power to Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Forwards Scott Kosmachuk and Nic Petan Could Add Scoring Power to Jets

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Kosmachuk, Petan leading prospects for Jets

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WINNIPEG - Hope and hard work are the cards for young prospects eager to make the Winnipeg Jets, but some are a lot closer to playing that hand in the NHL than others.

Forwards Scott Kosmachuk and Nic Petan look slated to cash in sooner rather than later.

Both have signed entry-level contracts with the Jets.

Kosmachuk, who turns 21 in January, has now finished his eye-opening junior career with the OHL-leading Guelph Storm and is expected to dress for the Jets' AHL farm team in St. John's, N.L.

"Obviously, going into next season, it's going to be a little bit tougher," the Toronto native said Tuesday.

"Everyone's going to be bigger, stronger, more skilled and you know you're not going to be one of the top guys in the league."

Petan only turned 19 in March and could stay in the WHL, where he's the top scorer for the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks.

"You've just got to take it step by step, whether it's making a push for it (the NHL) this year or having another year in junior, it's really not my decision to say," says Petan, who comes from Delta, B.C.

"My part is just to work hard and see what happens from there."

The story is the same for every one of the 34 other players the organization wants to check out at this week's development camp, although, in the case of Kosmachuk and Petan, some key decisions have been made already.

Kosmachuk warranted a third-round pick in the 2012 entry draft and Petan was taken in the second in 2013 and they've more than lived up to expectations.

Both display speed, tenacity and a talent for finding the net. At six feet and about 190 pounds Kosmachuk, who plays right wing, has a little more size than Petan, a 5-9, 173-pound centre who says he's trying to add a little weight this summer.

Kosmachuk's team-leading 49 goals and 101 points last season helped the Storm reach the Memorial Cup, although they fell to the Edmonton Oil Kings, the team that eliminated Petan's Winterhawks in the WHL playoffs.

With a team-leading 113 points in 63 games this season and 120 in 71 games last season, Petan also makes up in skill whatever he lacks in size.

There is no fixed formula for when a player is ready to jump to the NHL and the Jets make that decision on a player-by-player basis, even with first-round picks. …

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