No. 1: RW Elias Pettersson (Vaxjo, SHL)
If Corey Pronman says that it’s one of the best SHL games he’s ever seen from a teenager, that’s quite the statement.
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Pettersson played two games and had three goals and three assists combined, but the second game was the talk of the week in the prospects world. He had two assists to go with a hat trick in less than sixteen minutes of ice time.
Pettersson now has five goals and 14 points in 12 games, ranking fifth in the league scoring race and third in points-per-game. He is the youngest player among the league’s top-ten scorers and is the only player under 23 years of age.
Pettersson’s 14:53 TOI/GP is the lowest among the league’s top 20 scorers. Factor that into the points-per-game calculation and that ultimately means that Pettersson has been creating points at a ridiculously high rate.
All this feels even better when taking into account that Pettersson pulled off this performance against the Frolunda club that boasts top 2018 draft-eligible defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, the one many are saying is the second coming of Erik Karlsson. Dahlin was a minus-two that night.
Dahlen, Lind and Pettersson are all players acquired by the Canucks in the past calendar year. Their recent star-studded success is showing how deep and talented this Canucks prospects pool has become lately. With the older prospects starting to dominate the AHL, the future looks just fine.