Among the most interesting prospect storylines this year has been the play of Elias Pettersson. When Pettersson was selected fifth overall last summer by the Vancouver Canucks, no one knew just how well he’d transition to the highest level of hockey given that he’d only played in the Swedish second league to that point. That the Canucks selected him ahead of WHL forward Cody Glass and impressive USHL scorer Casey Mittelstadt showed just how confident they were in his abilities. Pettersson has not disappointed. After making the jump to the SHL this season, he took off scoring at a league-leading pace until departing the Vaxjo Lakers for the World Junior Championships. After collecting a silver medal for Sweden, he has returned and picked up right where he left off. Now sitting second in league scoring despite the missed time, Pettersson just passed Peter Forsberg for second all time in points from a junior-aged player in the SHL. His 50 points in 40 games are an incredible testament to his skill at such a young age.
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Yardbarker | Mar 2