Already expected to have Adam Gaudette and Jonathan Dahlen on their roster next season, the Vancouver Canucks might be able add another gem in 2017 first-rounder Elias Pettersson, who has dominated the SHL in his rookie season and put himself among elite company.
His team Vaxjo captured the Swedish League Championship today when it swept Skelleftea in four games and Pettersson dominated. Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal reports that Pettersson, the Canucks’ fifth-overall pick a year ago, was named the playoff MVP and is expected to be named to the Swedish World Hockey tryout camp.
The 19-year-old led the SHL in scoring in both the regular season and playoffs, the first player under 20 to ever do that. In total, he had 75 points in 56 games (including the playoffs), which sits him comfortably in first place among all-time juniors in the SHL. Ironically, Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin, who had the record, is now second all-time when he totaled 61 points back in 1999-2000. Daniel Sedin now holds both third and fourth places.
He tallied 24 goals and 32 assists during the regular season, but added a staggering 10 goals and 9 assists in 13 playoff games. The hope is that Pettersson will join Vancouver next season.