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Elias Fredrik Pettersson (November 12, 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] After one of the greatest U20 seasons in SHL history in 2017–18,[2] Pettersson made the Canucks opening night roster for the 2018–19 season.[3] He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie in 2019, becoming the second Canuck to do so.

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

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Playing careerEdit

SwedenEdit

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.[4]

 
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.[5] 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.[6] It was speculated the Canucks drafted Pettersson based partly on highly successful chemistry with Dahlén on the top line for Timra IK, where they finished fifth and ninth in league scoring as teenagers.[7][8] The two scored the first shift they ever played together in Sweden.[9]

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.[10] In the penultimate game of the 2017–18 season, Pettersson recorded four points to reach 55 points for the season.[11] 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).[12]

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.[13] At the SHL Awards, Pettersson was named Rookie of the Year, and Forward of the Year.[14]

NHLEdit

Vancouver CanucksEdit

On 25 May 2018, the Canucks signed Pettersson to a three-year entry-level contract.[15] 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.[16] On 13 October 2018, during a game against the Florida Panthers, Pettersson suffered a head injury on a hit from Panthers defenceman Mike Matheson resulting in Pettersson 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.[17] Pettersson returned to the lineup on 27 October after missing six games; the Canucks lost 5–0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[18] Two nights later, Pettersson scored two goals in a 5–2 win over the Minnesota Wild.[19] On 1 November, Pettersson was named the October Rookie of the Month,[20] and four days later was the Second Star of the Week.[21] He was again named Rookie of the Month for the month of December after recording 17 points in 14 games. On 2 January 2019, Pettersson was named to his first NHL All-Star Game as the Canucks' lone representative; he notched his first NHL hat trick later that night in a 4–3 win over the Ottawa Senators, striking in the second and third periods before scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.[22] Pettersson suffered a knee injury a night later when fellow rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi appeared to hook him away from the play. Petterson went down clutching his right knee and play had to be halted by the referees but he was able to skate off under his own accord.[23] In his first game back from injury on 21 January 2019, Pettersson scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 3–2 win against the Detroit Red Wings.[24] On 18 March, Pettersson earned an assist in a 3–2 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, for his 61st point, surpassing the Canucks franchise record for points by a rookie which was previously held by Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka.[25] After the season, Pettersson was named as a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy,[26] an award he ultimately won at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on 19 June 2019, becoming the second Canuck to do so after Bure.[27]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Sweden
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  2018 Buffalo

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.[28]

On 9 May 2019, Pettersson was included to the roster to return for a second successive tournament with Sweden at the 2019 World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Pettersson's older brother, Emil, is a member of the Arizona Coyotes' organization.[30] Both brothers played for Timrå IK and the Växjö Lakers.

Growing up, his father was the Zamboni driver at the local rink, and because of this, Pettersson received lots of extra practice time.[31]

Pettersson is of Finnish descent through his paternal grandfather, born Toivo Jokelainen, who was sent to Sweden in 1941 as a Finnish war child.[32]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Timrå IK[33] J18 40 31 34 65 8 8 5 9 14 4
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
2018–19 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 28 38 66 12
SHL totals 44 24 32 56 14 13 10 9 19 4
NHL totals 71 28 38 66 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Sweden IH18   5 0 0 0 0
2016 Sweden WJC18   7 1 7 8 4
2017 Sweden WJC 4th 6 0 1 1 0
2018 Sweden WJC   7 5 2 7 0
2018 Sweden WC   5 1 2 3 0
2019 Sweden WC 5th 8 3 7 10 2
Junior totals 25 6 10 16 4
Senior totals 13 4 9 13 2

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Olli Juolevi
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
2017
Succeeded by
Quinn Hughes
Preceded by
Mathew Barzal
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent