Vancouver Canucks Prospect Elias Pettersson Lit up the 2018 WJC


If you tuned into the 2018 Entire world Junior Championship, then you are with no-a-doubt familiar with the identify, Elias Pettersson — he lit up the tournament and located himself on a handful of highlight reels together the way.

The Vancouver Canucks picked the proficient Swede fifth general in the 2017 NHL entry draft and are quite content with their collection. Pettersson is as proficient as they come and is eerily similar to Pavel Datsyuk. Of course, the ‘Magic Man’ himself.

Outfitted with palms as gentle as butter, a cannon of a shot, graceful skating and unteachable hockey perception in all regions of the ice, Pettersson is the complete bundle and a phenom in the earning.

 Pettersson at the WJC

Pettersson was a weapon in the WJC and designed opponents anxious every time he was on the ice — at the time the puck strike his stick, you just understood a thing your staff almost certainly wouldn’t delight in was about to happen. His presence in the offensive zone was rivaled by handful of at the WJC and I’d surely classify him among the elite of the tournament.

The 19-calendar year-aged concluded with 5 ambitions and two assists in his team’s 7-match, silver medal experience. His ambitions had been that of a pure goalscorer and amazing to watch. He was tied for fourth in the tournament for points (7) and shots (23) and carried a as well as-5 score in the method. Right after tacking up six points in 3 online games, Pettersson was potentially his very own and only critic.

“I’m joyful with my points, but I think I have to have to enjoy far better and produce far more possibilities on 5-on-5,” claimed Pettersson in an job interview with Sportsnet.

On the two sides of the puck, Pettersson performed a audio positional and intelligent match that equated to compelled turnovers and far more time used in the offensive zone. Pettersson and his proficient Swedish counterparts set on a clinic when it came to developing zone time and making offence.

The youthful Swede confirmed an NHL-caliber stage of hockey and cemented the notion that he can dominate at any stage and in any league.


Speaking of leagues that Pettersson dominates, let us head about to the Swedish Hockey League and take a peak at what the youthful person is up to.

Elias Pettersson, NHL Draft, Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson (Innovative Commons, C Additional)

Currently, Pettersson is fifth in SHL scoring with 11 ambitions and 35 points in 26 online games with a as well as-11 score. Nevertheless, he has the ideal points per online games performed with 1.346 — so, if you aspect in the truth that the four players ahead of Pettersson have performed 5-to-8 far more online games and only have 3-to-5 far more points, you see that the 19-calendar year-aged Pettersson is actually the ideal point-producer in the league.

His spectacular creation at this kind of a youthful age has only been finished by one other participant Peter ‘Foppa’ Forsberg. Nevertheless yet another comparison to an NHL legend.

Pettersson is the real deal and brimming with potential. The Canucks have still yet another fascinating participant in their close to upcoming and he is not considerably off from currently being completely ready to go.


To recap, Pettersson has proven that he’s an offensive weapon at any stage, so why is not he playing in the NHL? Very well, it is very simple. He’s just far too small and weak right now. Of course, he’s 6-foot-2 but he’s also 165-lbs ., earning him a bit reminiscent of a flagpole — but a downright proficient flagpole.

Simply set, Pettersson’s skill is not in issue, but instead his capacity, or absence thereof, to take actual physical punishment and endure the stage of this kind of that the NHL is recognized for. One more 15-20 lbs . and a calendar year or two far more in the gymnasium will have Pettersson totally completely ready for the major leagues.

Do not rely him out just still, nevertheless, there is however a unique possibility that he could possibly just crack the Canucks lineup and give the Canucks devoted a thing far more to be amped about.

“We’re likely to have to sit down and see exactly where he’s at but what he’s finished in the Swedish Elite League is fairly spectacular,” claimed Trevor Linden in an job interview with Sportsnet when requested about Pettersson playing subsequent time as a Canuck.

Elias Pettersson Canucks

Elias Pettersson (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

I think he’s however at the very least one far more calendar year absent from currently being a total-time member of the Canucks — the NHL is a totally distinctive animal than what he’s utilised to and I just don’t think he is physically up to par.

On the flip side, the idea of Brock Boeser and Pettersson playing on a line together is, to say the the very least, exhilarating. The potential offensive output could make for one of the ideal duos the NHL has at any time noticed — indeed, I know how daring that statement is, but I’ve also noticed how offensively gifted the two of these youthful players are. It also wouldn’t be the very first time that Pettersson’s identify has been tossed all-around in a ‘great duos’ dialogue.

As I touched on in a former article, Pettersson and former line-mate Jonathan Dahlen are fellow 2017 Canucks options and have been in some cases referred to as the subsequent Sedin twins. So, if you have been tagging together you might have discovered that Pettersson has been as opposed to Datsyuk, Forsberg and the Sedin twins — talk about excellent organization.

Even with the wonderful comparisons and his outstanding track record, I’m sticking with yet another calendar year or two of progress for the youthful star. What do you think?

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