The Winnipeg Jets were given some bad news on Tuesday morning, as forward Nic Petan was placed on injured reserve for the Central Division club.
In some corresponding good news, though, fellow forward Bryan Little – who has missed all but one game so far this season – has been taken off of injured reserve himself.
Little, selected 12th overall by the then-Atlanta Thrashers in 2006, is a huge return for the Jets. He was good for 17 goals and 42 points in just 57 regular season games last season before a back injury sidelined him in the spring, so the hope is that he’ll be able to produce at that level again now that he’s back healthy.
His return, though, does come at the same time that the team loses a dynamic young forward in Petan.
Like Little, Petan is a selection of the Jets/Thrashers franchise, getting picked up by the club with the 43rd overall selection in 2013. He’s been good for a goal and seven points of his own so far this year, doing so in 13 games with the NHL club after getting recalled from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
He will sit out with a lower body injury suffered on Saturday, and he’s expected to be out until the end of the week.
The Jets, who fell short of the postseason last spring, are currently sitting on a 10-12-2 record for sixth in the Central Division. The hope is that the return of Little will help the Manitoba-based club bounce back, putting them closer to a playoff race again as they head into December.