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Elias Pettersson signs entry-level contract

Signed, sealed, and delivered. The future is here. Almost. Elias Pettersson, the fifth overall pick of the Canucks from the 2017 draft, has inked a three-year entry-level contract.

Pettersson had an insanely good post-draft season. Like, historically good. He won the SHL Championship with Vaxjo in his rookie year and led the league in scoring (24-32-56 in 44 GP) and playoff scoring (10-9-19 in 13 GP). He was awarded named Rookie of the Year, Best Forward, Most Valuable Player, SHL Playoff MVP, a World Junior Silver Medal, and a World Championship Gold Medal.

Now that he has nothing left to prove in Sweden, Pettersson will almost certainly join the Canucks next season giving fans something to be excited about as the organization ventures into its post-Sedin years.

  • TheRealPB

    Nice! Hopefully that also means one less random F we overpay for in free agency. Fast, cheap and out of control should be our motto for a couple of years if we can be restrained…

  • Would be great to see Pettersson developed into a player like Claude Giroux. Giroux was criticized for lacking size (drafted at 5’11” and 172 lbs but currently plays at 185lbs). Yet he’s an elite playmaking centre who just posted a 102pt season at age 30, seems like he only gets better with each year.

    • El Kabong

      What you’re not getting about his size it that he’s 6’2″ and at that weight he is much more prone to injury than somebody who is the same weight but much shorter. I have no problem with him staying in Sweden another year and then busting down the door in 2019. The Canucks are going to be a mess next year so why not save him from that and the chance that a NHL fringe tries to knock him through the boards.

      • truthseeker

        Because maybe he’s good enough to play in the NHL. That’s pretty much the obvious reason.

        Not to mention if he is good enough, it’s a bit of an insult to tell the player to go play somewhere else. This is his career after all. Maybe he wants to start making 900K per year?

        And lastly, do you have any evidence to support that claim? Any scientific studies that show injuries increase by size when weight is the same?

        • Just because Pettersson is good enough to play in the NHL doesn’t mean it’s the best decision for him. I could support another year in Sweden if he was getting prime minutes as a centre. That could be better for him that bottom 6 minutes here as a winger. He can bulk up a bit, get more practice as a centre who’ll face every shutdown guy in the league, and stay close to friends and family.

          • truthseeker

            He’s not getting bottom six minutes. geezus…that’s like saying Boeser would just get bottom six minutes. The guy is going to get a shot at whatever he can handle.

            I don’t understand you people who insist on babying these prospects. It’s ridiculous.

          • That’s presumptive. We have no idea how many minutes Green will give Pettersson. And it’s not babying either. Pettersson is slated to be a 1st line centre but only played a small number of games at that position. We know he can score from the wing, he’ll need to get practice with other responsibilities (e.g. face-offs, defensive coverage). It’s fair to say that he could have honed his game with Vaxjo where the larger ice surface is not as relevant to a centre (i.e. less board work). But with this contract signing, it’s moot.

      • Dirty30

        Given his natural athleticism, great vision, balance ability to move on the ice that his weight is a bit of a non-starter. He’s not emaciated, he’s slender and fit and muscular. He’s just not ‘big’ at this point.

        He reminds me of a young Ryan Gosling (Remember the Titans) and he filled out his frame fairly well (Driver).

  • Jimjamg

    Yippee! Climb back up begins this year baby! Should have been the easiest negotiation ever. “Elias, here is the max of everything we can legally offer you”. “Thanks, great, where do I sign”.

    • Killer Marmot

      If he appears exhausted from the preseason, I would hope so.

      There could have been a bunch of good reasons for scratching Boeser in the first two games, including the one they gave, which is that Boeser appeared exhausted. It’s silly reading too much into it.

      • truthseeker

        Nope. It isn’t. There was a week off between the final pre season game and the first home game. Boeser wasn’t tired by the time the season started. It was game playing by the coach and it deserves to be called out.

    • Ikbenben

      Ppl. Time to let it go.. didn’t play into any end results. Want first 2 games if SC final.. first 2 games of regular season. And hindsight is always 20/20… Who knows what happens if he played them..

      • Cageyvet

        This is a non-issue to me as well, it’s the time for 20/20 hindsight, right? How can anyone argue with the results? Boeser had a fantastic rookie season, there were no reports that he was upset with the treatment, and no indication in his play that there was an issue. Just because everyone wanted him to play, this ends up as a negative against Green and Canucks management? Wow, the Canucks mishandled Brock Boeser, negatively impacting his development. Please, someone try and write that article and come up with a shred of actual evidence to support it.

        I trust them to do the right thing with Pettersson, I have no reason to doubt them. All coaches make mistakes, but also make decisions with a hell of a lot more information than we have. No point in making a mountain out of a molehill, enough of the cheap shots.

        • truthseeker

          That’s fine. But I disagree and I won’t let it go. I think that combined with many other things Green has done, like playing vets who were brutal while punishing young players who made the same kind of mistakes, shows a lot about how he thinks.

          Personally I think he’s got a lot of old boy hockey B.S. flaws in the way he deals with players. His stupid “that the way Al Arbour did it with me” dinosaur mentality.

          It’s not about Brock. It’s about Green and what he is like as a coach. He did some very good things this season but he also did some head scratching things and the Boeser thing was a big one for me. Like he was insecure about his position or something. Message sending for the sake of message sending. It’s not a cheap shot at all. It’s an observation and a legitimate concern.

          • Cageyvet

            I’m not going to trash your comment, or completely disagree, all coaches do things that make me scratch my head, Green’s no different.

            I do tend to feel differently about why Green does what he does with Boeser, Virtanen, Goldobin, etc. Right or wrong, I think his approach is coloured by his own experience as a highly touted prospect who struggled and had to learn to be a pro. I think he does it with the best of intentions, trying to get them to reach their potential and take nothing for granted. It probably makes him tend to overcompensate in some areas, but hopefully the players understand that it’s with the best of intentions. Green strikes me as being a bit of a parent figure with the kids, and there’s no such thing as a perfect parent either.

          • truthseeker

            Don’t worry….don’t care about having my comment trashed anyway…lol. Most of them are the usual suspects who would trash me if I said “puppies are cute”.

            Yeah, I don’t like those kinds of blind spots. Inconsistencies like that lead to confusion among the players.

            I’m not expecting perfection, but stuff like that makes it seem like they (cause it’s an old boys club) don’t even have the slightest clue about good management strategies. The old “apprenticeship” learning method as opposed to actually taking a course with modern methods in how to get the most of your team. Not to mention critical thinking skills to self analyze and realize when you’re making bad decisions.

            I have no doubt he has the best of intentions as well. To me that makes it even more of a problem.

  • speering major

    Good news. He needs to be tested and given a chance to succeed.

    It’s impossible not speculated on his size when he looks like a 13 year old in the picture. I think he’ll be fine but the picture does warrant skepticism.

  • Rodeobill

    I guess that ends the “is he going to stay in Sweden another year?” media hubbub.
    There was no doubt to begin with. Best player not in the NHL and team in greatest need of a great player, of course he’s coming. He’ll be here if he loses 10 pounds and another finger.