Utica Comets Sign Forward David Pacan

Utica CometsThe Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, have signed forward David Pacan to an AHL contract.

Pacan, 22, spent most of the 2012-13 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL putting up 14 goals and 52 points in 57 games. He also played in nine games in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage picking up two assists.

Hockey’s Future scouting report:

Pacan possesses a nose for the net and the ability to generate offense with his passing. He is a smart forward with good size… Pacan is not a burner, but he shows good footwork and skating for his size.

Pacan was originally selected in the sixth round, 177th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

International Scouting Services (ISS) had this to say about Pacan in his draft year (via 300 Level):

Pacan has good size with a strong skating stride and decent speed. Strong on his skates, he is difficult to contain down low during offensive cycles and when he goes to the net… Pacan is generally in good position during defensive zone play. Displays better than average puck skills and carries the puck with a great deal of confidence. Effectively uses his size, finishing checks in all three zones. At times needs to read the situation better – will call for puck despite being covered well by the opposition.

What can we expect from Pacan?

We can expect him to challenge for a roster spot with the Comets and if does not make the team, he will be the go-to offensive player on the Canucks and Comets’ ECHL affiliate, whichever that team will be.

If he can prove himself in the AHL this season with the Comets, he could get a NHL contract from the Canucks next summer.

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