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Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson named finalist for NHL’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

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Photo credit:© Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
Jagraj Lalli
1 month ago
On Saturday morning, Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson was named one of the three finalists for the 2023-24 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. This accolade is bestowed upon the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, coupled with remarkable playing ability.
Pettersson’s performance on the ice helped the Canucks clinch the Pacific Division title this season, with an impressive record of 50-23-9, a total of 109 points. Amidst this success, Pettersson showcased his scoring ability, notching his third consecutive 30-goal campaign. He continued to be an offensive force for the Canucks, ranking third on the team in goals (34), assists (55), and points (89). Moreover, his contributions extended beyond scoring goals, as he shared fourth place in the entire NHL with 10 game-winning goals, including a historic streak where he scored the decisive goal in four consecutive road games.
What sets Pettersson apart is not just his on-ice performance but also the way he conducts himself. Despite skating in all 82 contests and logging substantial ice time, Pettersson remarkably received just six penalties throughout the season, totaling 12 penalty minutes. This marked the sixth consecutive NHL season where he accrued fewer than 20 penalty minutes, a feat that truly shows his ability to remain disciplined. 
At 25 years old, Pettersson is not only vying for his first Lady Byng Trophy but also has the opportunity to etch his name in Canucks history as he hopes become the first Canucks player to clinch this prestigious award. He can also become the Swedish-born winner, joining the likes of William Karlsson and Mats Naslund.
Alongside Pettersson, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes stand as fellow finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy. Matthews produced one of the greatest goal-scoring seasons in history, leading the league with a franchise-record 69 goals, while Slavin emerged as a defensive backbone for the Hurricanes, playing a pivotal role in their defense.
Currently, all three finalists find themselves embroiled in the intensity of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pettersson’s Canucks successfully moved past the Nashville Predators and are gearing up to face the Edmonton Oilers in the second round. Meanwhile, Slavin’s Hurricanes triumphed over the New York Islanders and are now set to clash with the New York Rangers. Matthews’ Maple Leafs, however, face a crucial Game 7 against the Boston Bruins in their first-round series, with the outcome determining their playoff fate.
Pettersson, alongside his Canucks teammates Thatcher Demko, Quinn Hughes, and coach Rick Tocchet, who received nominations for the Vezina, Norris, and Jack Adams awards respectively, eagerly await the outcome as they continue to leave an indelible mark on the NHL landscape.

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