Elias Pettersson

Vancouver Canucks
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Fantasy Summary

A cerebral and efficient point-producing center with top-line upside. Can score and distribute with equal proficiency.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 10.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 12, 1998
Height 6‘2”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 5

Observations

November 2018 – Elias Pettersson is on the map. The 19-year-old has taken the NHL by storm early this season. After scoring a beautiful goal on his first NHL shot, things kept on rolling. He posted five goals and eight points in his first five games before being sidelined with a concussion at the hands of a Mike Matheson body slam. After missing two weeks, Pettersson is healthy and creating offense once more. His seven goals and 10 points through eight games put him in elite company for career starts and have him sitting amongst the top-25 in points-per-game this year. There were questions whether his slight frame and lack of time at centre in recent seasons would impact his ability to play the middle of the ice. Those questions have been answered loud and clear. This is a special player. One that will be compared to the very best on the planet in short order, and who is more than capable of driving offense and playing defense as a pivot. If you have him in a keeper league, hold on for dear life. Cam Robinson

October 2018 – Not only did Pettersson crack the Canucks’ opening day lineup, but he also led the team in preseason scoring with six points in five contests. The Canucks went 1-5 in the exhibition schedule, scoring just 10 total goals. While these results are often meaningless, it’s likely a sign of the offensive difficulties to come in 2018-19. Pettersson will be looked at to produce tangible results despite his rookie status. The odds-on-favourite to come home with the Calder Trophy will begin his year as the second line centre next to Loui Eriksson and Nikolay Goldobin at even strength. He’ll play on the right half wall on the team’s top power-play unit. There really isn’t a ceiling on how high this player can climb, but for this year, look for 50-odd points and be happy with any gravy on top. Cam Robinson

September 2018 – Much has been discussed regarding where Pettersson would line up in his first foray into NHL action. Well, from all accounts the Swedish star will get every opportunity to play the middle of the ice. The 19-year-old was drafted as a centre despite playing much of his draft-eligible campaign on the wing. Not much changed during his record-setting 2017-18 season where all but seven of his matches were spent on the right-wing. The Canucks desperately need him to be a top line pivot and will now provide him with the insulation and opportunity to be just that. At last week’s Young Stars tournament, Pettersson played between former linemate and close friend, Jonathan Dahlen and fellow 2017-draftee, Kole Lind. The three were dynamite through the two games. Pettersson will be the key figure to watch at training camp in Whistler this week. With the Canucks projected to be warming the cellar once again, the bright spots will come via the youthful development of him and a few others. While it may take him several weeks to get his bearings in the NHL, the sky is the limit for this young player. He’s widely considered a front-runner for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Cam Robinson

 

April 2018 – It sure seems that everything Elias Pettersson touches these days turns to pure gold. After leading the SHL in points and points-per-game (and subsequently breaking a four-decade-old all-time SHL record for U20 players), the lanky forward hasn’t slowed down a bit during the playoff season. With a goal and an assist during game two of the SHL final, Pettersson now has 14 points in 11 games to lead the league in post-season production. That total also lands him in a tie for second all-time in U20 SHL playoff scoring with – you guessed it, Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The 19-year-old accomplished the feat in two fewer games than his Canuck brethren and has at least two more contests to try and break the record of 18 points held by Detroit Red Wings’ prospect, Axel Holmstrom. While it hasn’t been officially announced, you can expect Pettersson to begin his NHL career next fall – likely on the right-wing in the team’s top nine forwards. He’ll be given an opportunity to acclimatize to the small ice and tougher competition before the team tries to move him to the middle of the ice. He’ll be considered a favourite in what should be a dynamite class contending for the Calder Trophy. Cam Robinson

March 2018 – The Super Swede has kept things rolling with Växjö of the SHL since returning from the World Junior Championships. First, it was a 10-game audition down the middle – a position the Canucks envision he’ll play at in the NHL but one he hasn’t seen much of in the past two campaigns. That was followed by sliding back to the right-wing with the infusion of some veteran pivots to the league’s top team. Through it all, all Pettersson has done is create and produce. His most recent outing saw him score from a near-impossible angle and distribute a primary assist. The two points pushed him to 48 points in 39 games and saw him leapfrog Henrik Sedin and land in a tie with Peter Forsberg for the second most points by a U20 player in SHL history. He has five games remaining to catch Kent Nilsson’s mark for 54 points set back in 1975-76. Pettersson currently sits second in SHL scoring and leads Sweden’s top tier in points-per-game. This tremendous season has not gone unnoticed by fantasy managers as Pettersson is now viewed as an absolute blue-chipper in all formats and has the capabilities of stepping into the NHL and giving owners tangible results. There will be growing pains, but the lanky forward offers the full offensive package with tremendous vision and a release that will have teams scratching their head over who to load up on, Boeser or Pettersson on the Canucks’ top power play in the near future. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – Pettersson and his Swedish mates can leave the 2018 World Junior Championships with their heads held high. Despite losing the Gold medal game with roughly 100 seconds remaining in the third period, they played a terrific game and were a force throughout the competition. Petterson scored five goals and seven points in six contests despite battling the flu throughout and showing noticeably less energy than his time during in the SHL this season. Pettersson’s incredible release was on full display in the power play as he tallied three markers while up a man, all of the sniper-variety. Canucks fans can expect to see that shot on full display next season in the NHL. Cam Robinson

December 2017 – In a move that surprised no one, Pettersson was invited to Team Sweden’s World Junior training camp today. The returnee has been historically productive in the SHL so far this season and looks to be an early favourite for tournament MVP. The Swedes boast a very deep squad this year and will look to rebound after a fourth-place showing a year ago. Pettersson suffered what is believed to be a knee injury during a Champions Hockey League tournament game yesterday and is considered day-to-day. Hopefully, it isn’t anything serious enough to hold him out this upcoming major event. Cam Robinson

November 2017 – What more can we say about the recently turned 19-year-old? He’s currently leading the Swedish Hockey League in scoring with 24 points in 19 games played. He’s managed that incredibly impressive feat by torching the competition over the past month – recording nine goals and 21 points in his last 12 contests. While playing on the right wing this season, and for long periods last year, Pettersson still projects as a highly-productive centre at the NHL-level. To put into context how dominant the lanky forward has been this year, only Kent Nilsson’s 1.5 points-per-game from 1975-76 bests Pettersson’s 1.26 for under-20 players in SHL history. His season to date has been more prolific than Peter Forsberg’s 1992-93 campaign, the Sedin twins, Markus Naslund, William Nylander and a host of other dynamic U-20 SHL campaigns. He is truly positioning himself to be considered the best fantasy prospect outside of the NHL. Cam Robinson

November 2017 – Pettersson has taken off like a rocket in the SHL of late. The 18-year-old is currently on a three-game point-streak where he’s racked up four goals and seven points. He sits fifth in SHL scoring with 15 points in 13 games – more than double the amount of any other U20 player. His 1.15 point-per-game outlet is good for third-most in the league. These are incredibly strong numbers for a draft-plus one player; ones we’ve haven’t seen since William Nylander produced 20 points in 21 SHL contest a few seasons ago. Cam Robinson

October 2017 – The silky centre has missed the previous two contests for Vaxjo after suffering a minor injury. That shouldn’t stop him from continuing to display an advanced level of play in Sweden’s top tier. The 18-year-old has looked at home on the top line and top man-advantage unit, recording three assists through his first five contests while playing roughly 15 minutes per contest. Previous running-mate, Jonathan Dahlen has recently decided to head back to Sweden for the year and it’s assumed he’ll catch on with Vaxjo and hopefully reunite with Pettersson. It’ll be a situation to watch and could pay even further dividends for the most recent fifth overall selection. Cam Robinson

September 2017 – Pettersson has acclimated very quickly to the top tier in Sweden. Playing for Växjö HC in the Champions League tournament – a mixed bag of Euro teams competing to get their legs going before their club’s regular seasons to begin, the silky playmaker spent a good deal of time playing left wing on the team’s top line. There, he recorded two goals and four points in four games. Vaxjo’s regular season begins on Tuesday, September 19th against Brynä IF. Cam Robinson

July 2017 – The Canucks’ most recent first-round selection put on quite the show at the team’s development camp earlier this week. The ultra-skilled centre scored two very eye-pleasing markers during regulation play and then converted on a silky deke via the shoot-out. This will be his one and only look in North America for the next year as he’ll be gearing up for his SHL season by the time rookie and main camps begin in September. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – The Canucks selected the highly skilled Swede with the fifth overall selection at the 2017 entry draft. Pettersson is an exciting and play-driving centre with good speed, terrific vision and playmaking abilities and deft puck skills. Playing on a line with Canucks’ prospect Jonathan Dahlen with Timra of the Allsvenskan this past season, the two displayed strong chemistry and will likely get an opportunity to continue forging that alliance in the coming seasons. While standing 6-2, Pettersson weighs just 165 pounds, so adding strength will be the main focus as he heads to Vaxjo of the SHL for 2017-18. While he may be only the second-most valuable fantasy asset in the Canucks’ organization today, that will likely change as he gets closer to the NHL. His upside is very high. Cam Robinson February 2017 – A work in progress as he has some serious filling out to do. He has height at 6-2 but is very slight at 161 pounds. He has added about ten pounds in the last year so he is adding strength and bulk but has a long way to go. Pettersson possesses a high hockey IQ and vision that allows him to make creative plays and impressive passes. His puck skills are a strength as he can make slick dekes and moves to create time and space. His lack of strength can be evident with conditioning as he tires often and can be muscled off the puck by bigger and stronger opponents. Pettersson is a prospect that needs some development time and physical maturity but the upside is significant given the skill and the smarts. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Medelpad TV-Pucken 5 2 2 4 2 |          
  Timrå IK U16 U16 SM 6 3 7 10 0 |          
  Timrå IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Timrå IK J18 J18 Elit 22 11 16 27 2 |          
  Timrå IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 20 18 38 6 | Playoffs 8 5 9 14
  Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 6 4 9 13 2 | Playoffs 1 1 1 2
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 7 1 1 2 0 |          
 2015-2016 Timrå IK J18 J18 Elit 2 3 1 4 2 |          
  Timrå IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 22 6 8 14 20 | Relegation 2 4 3 7
  Timrå IK Allsvenskan 25 3 6 9 0 | Qualification 5 0 4 4
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 1 7 8 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 21 5 11 16 4 |          
 2016-2017 Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Timrå IK Allsvenskan 43 19 22 41 14 | Qualification 3 2 4 6
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 14 4 6 10 2 |          
 2017-2018 Växjö Lakers HC SHL 44 24 32 56 14 | Playoffs 13 10 9 19
  Växjö Lakers HC Champions HL 11 6 3 9 2 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 5 2 7 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 12 5 2 7 0 |          
  Sweden EHT 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden WC 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  Sweden (all) International 7 1 2 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Vancouver Canucks NHL 26 15 15 30 6 |          

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