They don’t call him Dekey Pete for nothing.
Canucks fans are starting to get used to Elias Pettersson’s magic on the ice, because he does things that make your jaw drop with such regularity.
After Pettersson dangled the puck through his legs to create space before setting up Nikolay Goldobin for a glorious scoring chance in Saturday’s 5-1 win in Colorado, we got the chance to experience it through the opposing team’s eyes.
Check out the reaction from the Colorado Avalanche broadcast (thanks to Reddit user t6h6 for posting this):
While Goldobin didn’t score on the chance, it still left Avs broadcasters Marc Moser and Peter McNab in disbelief.
“Why is the rookie so good?!” Moser exclaimed. “How does he do that?”
“How do you think of that?” added McNab.
And this was after a quiet night by Pettersson’s standards – certainly nothing close to his five-point night against the Avalanche earlier in the season.
Pettersson registered just a lone assist when he won a faceoff leading to Brock Boeser’s goal. The other goals were scored by Jake Virtanen, Antoine Roussel, Tyler Motte, and Goldobin.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 3, 2019
The rookie saw just 13:46 of ice time, though perhaps head coach Travis Green was saving him. Vancouver has back-to-back games coming up in Philadelphia and Washington on Monday and Tuesday.
Appearing on Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours show with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was extremeliy complimentary of his fellow Swede.
“He seems like a really nice kid,” said Landeskog, who met Pettersson at the All-Star Game in San Jose last weekend. “He seems like he’s got a really good head on his shoulders and works hard, but still has swagger, which I love about him.”
“He’s talented, he’s got some grit, and he plays hard. A lot of fun to watch. I would be surprised to see anyone else win the Calder.”
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) February 3, 2019
With the win, the Canucks leapfrog the Avs to take over the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 30 games left. If the postseason started today, Vancouver would play the Calgary Flames in the first round.
That would be fun.