Elias Pettersson

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Elias Pettersson
Born (1998-11-12) 12 November 1998 (age 20)
Sundsvall, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Vancouver Canucks
Växjö Lakers
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2017
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2015–present

Elias Pettersson (born 12 November 1998) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pettersson was selected fifth overall by the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, but grew up in Ånge, Sweden.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Pettersson played hockey as a youth and made his professional debut with Timrå IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan. In his second season in the Allsvenskan in 2016–17, Pettersson placed second on the team in scoring with 41 points in 43 games. Unable to help Timrå IK gain promotion, Pettersson signed a three-year contract with the Växjö Lakers of the top tier SHL, on 6 April 2017.[2]

Pettersson selected by the Canucks at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Pettersson was ranked second among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in his first year of eligibility for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[3] He was selected as the first Swedish player taken in the draft, fifth overall, by the Vancouver Canucks, joining former linemate and Canucks prospect Jonathan Dahlén on 23 June 2017.[4]

While still a junior player, Pettersson dominated the Swedish Hockey League in his 2017–18 rookie season. In 44 games played, he led the league in both points scored and in +/- at the end of the regular season, with 56 points (1.27 average) and +27 respectively. He also scored 24 goals, second in the league behind Frölunda's Victor Olofsson.[5] In the penultimate game of the 2017–18 season, Pettersson recorded four points to reach 55 points for the season.[6] In the season finale, Pettersson scored a goal to set a new record 56 for most points by a junior in a single SHL/Elitserien season, previously held by Kent Nilsson (set in 1975–76).[7]

Pettersson went on to lead the playoffs in both goal-scoring, points, and +/-, with 10 goals, 19 points (1.46 average) and +17 respectively, in 13 games played. Scoring four game-winning goals, he led Växjö Lakers to the team's second Le Mat Trophy. Counting both the regular season and the playoffs, Pettersson scored 34 goals and 41 assists, for a total of 75 points in 57 games played (1.32 average). In April 2018, Pettersson was awarded the Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy, as the SHL playoffs' MVP, by SICO (Sweden's Ice hockey players Central Organisation). All 14 jury members voted unanimously for Pettersson, a first in the award's nine year history.[8] At the SHL Awards, Pettersson was named Rookie of the Year, and Forward of the Year.[9]

NHL[edit]

On 25 May 2018, the Canucks signed Pettersson to a three-year entry-level contract.[10] On 3 October 2018, Pettersson made his NHL debut against the Calgary Flames. Pettersson scored his first career goal against goaltender Mike Smith, as well as recorded an assist in a 5–2 Canucks' win.[11] On 13 October 2018, during a game against Florida Panthers, Pettersson suffered a head injury from a hit from Panthers defenceman Mike Matheson resulting him leaving the game. Although Matheson was not penalized for the hit, the NHL Department of Player Safety believed that Matheson had an intent to injure, resulting in him being suspended two games and fined $52,419.36.[12] Pettersson returned to the lineup on 27 October after missing six games; the Canucks lost 5–0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[13] Two nights later, Pettersson scored two goals in a 5–2 win over the Minnesota Wild.[14] On 1 November, Pettersson was named the October Rookie of the Month,[15] and four days later was the Second Star of the Week.[16]

International play[edit]

Pettersson competed for Sweden in the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning silver. He won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Pettersson's older brother, Emil, is a member of the Nashville Predators' organization.[18] Both brothers played for Timrå IK and the Växjö Lakers.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Timrå IK J20 6 4 9 13 2 1 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Timrå IK J20 22 6 8 14 20
2015–16 Timrå IK Allsv 25 3 6 9 0 5 0 4 4 2
2016–17 Timrå IK Allsv 43 19 21 40 14 3 2 4 6 0
2016–17 Timrå IK J20 2 0 1 1 2
2017–18 Växjö Lakers SHL 44 24 32 56 14 13 10 9 19 4
SHL totals 44 24 32 56 14 13 10 9 19 4
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Sweden
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 2018 Buffalo

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Sweden IH18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Sweden WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 1 7 8 4
2017 Sweden WJC 4th 6 0 1 1 0
2018 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 2 7 0
2018 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1 2 3 0
Totals 30 7 12 19 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elias Pettersson's NHL Draft Profile". National Hockey League. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Young talent ready for Vaxjo Lakers" (in Swedish). Växjö Lakers. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ "2017 Draft Prospect Rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Canucks take Elias Pettersson with fifth overall pick". The Province. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Player Statistics 2017–18 SHL Regular Season" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Dubbla rekord i Vida Arena" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Växjö spelade ut – avslutade serien med ännu en seger" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy SHL-playoffs 2018 is awarded..." (in Swedish). SICO (Sweden's Ice hockey players Central Organisation). 22 April 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ Staff, Courier. "Elias Pettersson named SHL Rookie of the Year, Best Forward, and MVP". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Canucks Sign Pettersson". NHL.com. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ Wharnsby, Tim. "Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson steals the show on opening night". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Matheson suspended two games for actions in Panthers game". NHL.com. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  13. ^ Woodley, Kevin. "DeSmith, Penguins shut out Canucks, finish Canada trip 4-0-0". NHL.com. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  14. ^ Kuzma, Ben. "Canucks 5 Wild 2: Prized rookie Pettersson shoots, scores, even blocks shots". The Province. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Pettersson named NHL Rookie of the Month for October" (Press Release). NHL.com. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Monahan leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  17. ^ "SHL Awards 2018" (in Swedish). Swedish Hockey League. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Emil Petterrson player profile". Elite Prospects.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Olli Juolevi
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
2017
Succeeded by
Quinn Hughes