Canucks' Pettersson explodes for 4 points to break 42-year-old record in Sweden

Mar 8 2018, 7:35 pm

What a season for Elias Pettersson.

The Canucks’ first round pick (fifth overall) from last year’s draft, his success as a 19-year-old playing against men in the Swedish Hockey League has been unprecedented.

Coming into Thursday’s game – the second last game of the SHL regular season for Vaxjo – Pettersson was chasing history.

With 51 points on the year, the Canucks prospect not only had a share of the league scoring lead, he was three points away from a record that has stood since 1976.

Kent Nilsson has owned the points record by a junior-aged player in the Swedish professional league for 42 years. It’s a record that many great U20 players – including Peter Forsberg, Nicklas Backstrom, Markus Naslund, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin – haven’t been able to match.

Not only did Pettersson break the record, he did it in style.

Pettersson showed off some dangles for his first goal of the game to take over the league scoring lead, inching closer to the record. Watch him toe-drag around an opponent before eventually beating the goaltender with a shot under the crossbar.

He added two assists in the second period to tie Nilsson’s record, before intercepting a pass at his own blue line and scoring on a breakaway to set the new mark:

Teammates and coaches congratulated the mild-mannered Swede, as the hometown crowd chanted his name.

Pettersson now has a four-point lead in the SHL scoring race this season. He’s in the driver’s seat to win it, which would make him the first junior-aged player to lead the league in scoring since Nilsson in 1976.

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