Future Watch: Elias Pettersson Rookie Hockey Cards, Canucks – Elias Pettersson is taking the NHL by storm. When the Vancouver Canucks drafted him with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, many thought they took him too soon. Now they’re having the last laugh.
Pettersson has been playing overseas for years. Last season in the SHL he had an amazing 56 points in 44 games and 19 points in 13 playoff games. He won the SHL Rookie of the Year, the season MVP Award and Playoff MVP honors. If you combined the two, he had 34 goals. This talented Swede is a puck distributor and a goal scorer.
In international play, he had five goals and seven points in seven games in the U20 2018 World Junior Championship. That’s against the best competition at his age group and he took home a silver medal. In the SHL he was playing against men. The NHL would be the next testing ground for this talented center. To date, he hasn’t disappointed proving he is more than up to the challenge.
At 6′-2′, 176lbs, he’s a bit skinny and has already had a concussion. It was a dirty play and the talented rookie will have to overcome that to be able to run away with the Calder. He is the favorite but missed time could prevent him from winning that honor.
Here’s a look at his sweet one-timer:
Pettersson made the team out of training camp. He was a wiz in the preseason and there was no doubt he would stick. Now he would test himself again against the best players in the world. In his first 17 games, he has 12 goals and 19 points. He’s averaging 1.12 points per game. In this era of hockey, you don’t see this very often. He’s a special player and collectors should know he will be a perennial all-star. He’s already one of the best players in the league.
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