Elias Pettersson

Elias Pettersson

25-Year-Old CenterC
Vancouver Canucks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
In his fifth NHL campaign, Pettersson finally broke through, emerging as a fantastic two-way forward with a 39-goal, 102-point season. Encouragingly, his 15.2 shooting percentage in 2022-23 was actually the lowest of his career -- his goal output was instead bolstered by him exceeding three shots per game. The Swede also had nine shorthanded points and 25 power-play points while also chipping in 89 blocked shots. Pettersson's placement in Vancouver has kept him a bit under the radar, but he's set to be an early-round pick in virtually all fantasy formats while serving as the most dynamic player in the Canucks' lineup this year. Still just 24 years old and with room to grow, Pettersson should continue to be a premier fantasy asset for years to come. Don't hesitate to spend a first-round pick on Pettersson on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $92.8 million contract with the Canucks in March of 2024.
Notches assist in loss
CVancouver Canucks
May 18, 2024
Pettersson recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.
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Pettersson has earned two helpers in the last two games but still hasn't been living up to expectations offensively during the playoffs. He's at six points, 20 shots, 23 hits, 11 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 12 appearances. However, he's looked slightly better since moving to the wing alongside Elias Lindholm.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:45
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:22
 
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18:36
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20:33
3:50
1:48
2023–24
19:39
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1:22
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Battled knee issues
CVancouver Canucks
May 23, 2024
Pettersson has been dealing with knee problems since January, but he's not expected to require surgery, according to Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Pettersson believes that rest is all he'll need to address his knee problem, and he should get plenty of that over the offseason. That injury might partially explain his decline in production down the stretch. While Pettersson had 33 goals and 84 points through his first 71 regular-season contests in 2023-24, he collected just one goal and five points over his final 11 regular-season games and was limited to one goal and six points across 13 playoff outings. The 25-year-old is well established as an elite forward and will continue to be a key component of Vancouver's offense.
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Pettersson's production a season ago was just fine, as he closed the campaign with career-best marks in both goals (32) and points (68), but fantasy managers were expecting more. Instead, J.T. Miller was the breakout star of the Vancouver offense, finishing with 99 points, good for ninth in the league. Pettersson has been frequently banged up early in his NHL career, so the fact he was able to play 80 of the Vancouver's 82 games was a very positive sign. The Swede looks like a clear buy-low candidate from a fantasy perspective should he dip in drafts this coming fall. The talent isn't in question, while Pettersson will turn just 24 years old in mid-November.
Those who selected Pettersson in fantasy leagues got burned last season, as the young Swedish star played just 26 games (10 goals, 21 points) before a wrist injury sidelined him for Vancouver's final 30 contests. The injury was serious enough that Pettersson couldn't shoot a puck for the better part of four months, but he is expected to be fully healthy for training camp. A remarkably consistent performer throughout the early portion of his career, Pettersson has racked up 65 goals and 153 points over his first 165 NHL games. As an added bonus, Pettersson is also one of the league's top power-play performers. This could be a rare chance to get him at a minor discount in fantasy leagues this fall. That opportunity may not come around again.
Pettersson put together another excellent campaign in 2019-20, matching his 66-point output from his rookie year in three fewer games. The Swedish center is one of the NHL's bright young stars, equipped with the talent to both score and create chances for his teammates at high levels. With a plus-16 rating, Pettersson also showed more capability on defense in 2019-20, as did a much-improved Canucks team in general. Fantasy managers should expect a near point-per-game pace from Pettersson in 2020-21, who is also likely to chip in 20-plus power-play points in a full season. He'll be worth a pick within the first three rounds on draft day.
Fresh off taking home the Calder Trophy, Pettersson, 20, will have his hands full trying to one-up what was undoubtedly one of the more impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory. In his debut season, Pettersson led the Canucks in scoring with 66 points, finishing with 28 goals and 38 assists. A dynamic finisher, Pettersson rarely allows a scoring opportunity to pass him by, which led to him scoring on 19.4 percent of shots during his rookie season. Even if Vancouver winds up turning in yet another mediocre season, barring injury, you can bet Pettersson will reside atop the team's points list. Don't be shy to snag the sophomore with an early-round pick.
Pettersson is regarded as one of the best young forwards to hail from Sweden and comes to North America after scoring 56 points in 44 games for Vaxjo, including 19 points in 13 games in the playoffs en route to winning the championship. He swept the awards as well, being named the league's MVP, playoff MVP and Rookie of the Year along with a gold medal from the World Championships. Pettersson has game-breaking offensive ability with the only concern being his lack of strength, but that has never been a major impediment to elite players. He's expected to be a valuable addition to the Canucks top six, more likely as a second-line right winger than a center, and a strong candidate for the Calder Trophy. Fantasy owners looking for the league's next breakout star should keep an eye on Pettersson, who offers incredible upside.
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Snags helper
CVancouver Canucks
May 16, 2024
Pettersson recorded an assist, three shots on goal and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers in Game 5.
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Finds twine in loss
CVancouver Canucks
May 10, 2024
Pettersson scored a power-play goal on two shots and added two hits in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers in Game 2.
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Ready to rock for Game 1
CVancouver Canucks
May 8, 2024
Pettersson (illness) will play Wednesday in Game 1 versus the Oilers, Thomas Drance of The Athletic reports.
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Under the weather
CVancouver Canucks
Illness
May 7, 2024
Pettersson isn't practicing Tuesday due to an illness, leaving his status for Wednesday's Game 1 versus Edmonton in doubt, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports.
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Snags assist Friday
CVancouver Canucks
May 3, 2024
Pettersson logged an assist in Friday's 1-0 win over the Predators in Game 6.
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