Pettersson continues to perform
Speaking of strong centres, we should probably talk about Elias Pettersson again.
The young Swede was once again one of the best Canuck players on Tuesday night, putting his speed, creativity and slick hands on full display.
Pettersson, who played alongside Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Höglander on the second line, continued to prove that he can motivate and elevate any teammate that joins his flanks, while also continuing to make the case that he can hold the responsibility of being a top-line centre in this league.
Although Pettersson wasn’t necessary as electric and dominant as his previous outings, the former first round pick was still able to find the scoresheet, notching one goal and one assist in just over 21 minutes of ice time, which included the 100th goal of his young NHL career.
There’s no doubt that there are still a myriad of issues plaguing this team right now, but it’s more than safe to say that we don’t need to worry about Pettersson anytime soon.
- Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the best debut for Mikheyev. The former Toronto Maple Leaf did his best J.T. Miller impression against Columbus, posting a minus three rating to go along with just two shots on goal, but still managed to log just under 17 minutes of ice time.
The Canucks will look to wrap up their road trip on a positive note on Thursday, taking on the winless Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Puck drop is set for 5:00pm PST.
What are your thoughts from Tuesday’s OT loss in Columbus? Let us know in the comments!