The Minnesota Wild have signed WCHA Player of the Year Alex Petan an amateur tryout contract (ATO), reports Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Petan — brother of Winnipeg’s Nic Petan — is one of the 10 Hobey Baker Finalists and was a co-captain of Michigan Tech in his senior season. He was also named All-WCHA First Team.
This year he scored a career-best 18 goals, along with 33 points in 36 games for Tech. His four game-winners was tied for 18th and six power play goals was tied for 21st entering this weekend’s NCAA tournament (Tech is not in the tournament).
18 goals had him tied for 26th nation-wide. He averaged 3.6 shots per game, and at 126 total shots, he put the 26th most pucks on net among all college skaters.
His production and leadership was a big reason that Michigan Tech won their first WCHA championship since 1976 this season.
Petan will report to the Iowa Wild for the remainder of the season.
For the first time since 1976, we are WCHA champs! pic.twitter.com/POWzFmyBmr
— Michigan Tech Hockey (@mtuhky) March 6, 2016
— Alex Petan (@pettsy19) March 10, 2016
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