20-year-old Elias Pettersson has been the talk around the city of Vancouver. Last night, he gave another reason for Canucks fans to be excited.
The first round draft pick hit the ground running in the NHL and hasn’t looked back. He’s a long way from home, but Vancouver has welcomed him with open arms.
Pettersson has displayed tremendous skill during his short time in the NHL. As mentioned, last night’s play with Brock Boeser makes it hard to not get excited for the future of the Cabucks.
We get to watch Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser for the next 15 years!
2 superstars, what a time to be alive#Canucks
— Gauds Plan (@GaudsPlan) November 30, 2018
Pettersson displayed some sweet hand-eye coordination, knocking a saucer pass out of the air in the Vegas Golden Knights‘ defensive end. As he attempted to skate towards the net, he was tripped up and Golden Knights had a delayed penalty.
Now, with Pettersson down and out, one would think he would let the play die and the Canucks would go on the Power Play. Nope, Petterson continued the play.
On his knees, Pettersson miraculously found a way to spin and put the puck right on Boeser’s stick for the one-timer in the slot. Boeser made no mistake and buried off the tremendous pass, giving the Canucks a one-goal lead midway through the first period.
It was spectacular and will definitely be one of the goals of the year. Social media lost their minds with the play, and rightfully so.
Elias Pettersson is so damn good at hockey
— Trent Perkins (@TrentPerkins3) November 30, 2018
— Camilla (@snowangel415) November 30, 2018
Boeser’s GOAL!!!! What a play by Pettersson!!! I’LL TRY to explain what he just did, steals the puck from-mid air, dances around Schmidt/steals the puck (again!!)/draws a penalty and then sets up a no-look pass on his knees to Boeser who buries it!! ELIAS PETTERSSON EVERYONE!!! https://t.co/nfM79B1y9V
— ameena (@Canuckgirl20) November 30, 2018
Elias Pettersson already owns the Calder
— DAD (@CheeriosAnVodka) November 30, 2018
As the Canucks closed the door on the era of the Sedin twins, another obviously opened with the talent of Pettersson and Boeser.
It’ll be fun for years to watch these two players compete at the highest level.