Vancouver Canucks top prospects of week 25: Dahlen, Pettersson, Jasek

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No. 2 – RW/C Elias Pettersson (Växjö Lakers, SHL)

Another week, another dominant run by Elias Pettersson and the Växjö Lakers. The Malmö Redhawks were standing in the way between the Lakers and the SHL Finals. Växjö have only lost one playoff game this year and finished off the Redhawks to maintain that dominance.

Pettersson helped his team complete the sweep, with three goals and two assists through four games. It wouldn’t be a fun Pettersson story without him directly sending his team to the finals. The first three games were simply routine at this point, with the top seed scoring three goals in each game.

By the time they got to game four, they got to the tough part. That fourth game is always tough to close out and the team down 0-3 is dangerous when they play with nothing to lose. The Lakers saw this first hand as the game went to overtime for the first time in the series.

Just like a storybook ending, Pettersson scores the series-winning goal to send his team to the Finals. The Canucks’ best prospect has nine points in nine games, tied for third in playoff scoring. As an aside, ex-Canuck Derek Roy is in this league and isn’t far behind Pettersson with seven points. Unfortunately for Roy, his team was eliminated in the last round.

Just one team stands between Elias Pettersson and the Le Mat Trophy. And at this point, I don’t know what it will take to stop them.

Here are his signature goals, courtesy of the one and only, Ryan Biech: