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Petan drawing his own share of spotlight in Portland

by Adam Kimelman /

When it comes to the 2013 NHL Draft and the Portland Winterhawks, the first name to come up is Seth Jones. But rapidly approaching that status is center Nicolas Petan.

The 5-foot-8.5, 163-pound forward had another outstanding weekend and continues to climb the Western Hockey League scoring chart. Petan had a pair of three-point games in wins against the Victoria Royals to climb to sixth in the league with 27 points. His 19 assists are third.

He had a goal and two assists Friday in a 6-2 win against Victoria, and repeated that effort in Saturday's 6-2 victory.

He now has a point in seven straight games, with four goals and 13 assists in his streak. He earned a C rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Petan wasn't the only draft-eligible WHL player to have a good weekend. Here are a few others:

* Lethbridge Hurricanes center Johnathaon Merkley scored two goals Friday in a 5-2 defeat of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

* Calgary center Gregory Chase had three assists in the Hitmen's 4-2 win at the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

* Kelowna Rockets goalie Jackson Whistle turned aside all 21 shots he faced and picked up an assist in a 5-0 win against Prince George on Saturday. Teammate Tyrell Goulbourne scored the game's first goal and added an assist, while Colton Heffley had three assists.

* Spokane Chiefs goalie Eric Williams stopped all 26 shots he saw in a 5-0 win against the Everett Silvertips on Saturday. Michael Aviani had a pair of assists in the win, while Connor Chartier and Todd Fiddler each had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs.

* Tri-City Americans left wing Malte Stromwell had a pair of assists Saturday in a 5-2 win against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, and followed that with two assists in the Americans' 9-1 defeat of the Vancouver Giants on Sunday. It's the first time this season the Swedish-born forward has had consecutive multi-point games.

* Stromwell's teammate, Brian Williams, scored two goals Saturday against Red Deer, including the go-head goal. Another teammate, center Marcus Messier, scored two goals in Sunday's defeat of Vancouver.

* Medicine Hat teammates Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk each had three points in the Tigers' 3-1 defeat of the Kootenay Ice on Sunday. Shinkaruk, an A-rated center, had a goal and two assists. Valk, last week's CHL and WHL player of the week, had three assists.

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