There are so many great highlights from the National Hockey League that, often, the ones from its American Hockey League cousin don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
Nic Petan, a Winnipeg Jets prospect who’s spent some time in the NHL over the past few seasons, made quite the dandy play in the game between the Jets’ minor league affiliate Manitoba Moose and the Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild) in Winnipeg on Saturday.
As you will see in the video below, Petan, 22, appears to not have a snowball’s chance in hell to make a play on centering pass after he’s hauled to the ice by a Wild defenseman.
Not so fast, however.
Petan manages to get his stick out in front of him as he’s sliding along the ice and re-directs Buddy Robinson’s (what a great name) pass up and over the Wild’s netminder.
You can only explain such beauty so much. Take a look:
— AHL (@TheAHL) January 13, 2018
We’re 13 days into 2018 and we already have what could be the re-direction of the year in pro hockey.