Rookie sensation, Elias Pettersson, made history for the Vancouver Canucks on March 18, 2019 as he became the franchise record holder for most points recorded by a rookie in a single season.
Pettersson’s 61st point came from a pass that ended up being scored by Markus Granlund, allowing Pettersson to surpass Pavel Bures’ 60 point rookie season record. Pavel Bures’ record has not been broken for 28 years since 1991.
Frankly, fans are ecstatic. Even after Pettersson missed 10 games this season due to injury, he still managed to do what no fan could have ever predicted out of the 176 lb, 6’2 Swede in his NHL debut.
The 20-year-old Swede was selected fifth overall in the 2017 draft and has been nothing less than spectacular for the struggling Canucks this season.
His game is well rounded and plays the entire 200 ft of ice, making him dangerous in the offensive zone. The draft lottery without a doubt was won by the Canucks in 2017, even despite picking fifth and finishing second to last in 2018’s season.
Pettersson currently leads all rookies In the NHL by a long shot. His 61 points holds him far above rookie Andreas Johnsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who has recorded 40 points this season thus far.
It is impressive that the Canucks have had back-to-back seasons where they have produced Calder trophy candidates, as Brock Boeser barely lost it last season due to a serious injury that left him out for a substantial period at the end of the season.
The fans can only hope that the Canucks get this lucky again with defensive prospect Quinn Hughes as he enters the roster. Hughes was drafted in the seventh overall in 2018.
Canucks are currently standing in fifth position in Pacific Division (31-32). Despite that the clinch for wildcard is a hard grab with less than 10 games left, the tremendous performance of Pettersson has paved a hopeful future for the Canucks in the next season.