Elias Pettersson

by Cam Robinson on December 6, 2017

 

Elias Pettersson, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 165

Born: 1998-11-12

Hometown:  Sundsvall, SWE

Drafted: 1st round 2017 5th overall VAN

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - In a move that suprised 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 compeition 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-advatnage unit, recording three assists through his first five contests while playng 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 aclimated 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 begins, 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 center 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 a 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 allow 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

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

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

 

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Elias Pettersson 2015-16 Highlights

 

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