Canucks' Elias Pettersson named NHL's First Star of the Week

Nov 4 2019, 10:15 am

For the second time in his young career, Elias Pettersson has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, beating out Washington’s Jakub Vrana and Edmonton’s Mike Smith for the honour.

The second-year Canucks centre scored nine points (3-6-9) in four games over the past seven days, helping the Canucks go 3-0-1.

Pettersson’s week included this amazing goal against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, in which he batted the puck out of mid-air on a rush:

He also made this amazing pass to set up a Brock Boeser power play goal on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings:

Pettersson collected his 80th career point in just the 82nd game of his career, on Monday. The only Canucks player to do it quicker was Pavel Bure, who accomplished the feat in two fewer games.

Pettersson now ranks sixth in NHL scoring with 20 points in 14 games, and is the driving force behind a surprising Canucks team that ranks sixth in the overall standings right now.

He’s with some elite company:

Elias Pettersson has 20 points in 14 games this season (NHL.com)

The 20-year-old was also named First Star of the Week on December 10 last year, and earned Second Star honours on November 5. Pettersson’s teammate, Quinn Hughes, finished October as a runner up to the Rookie of the Month honour.

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