Tag: Elias Pettersson

Elias Pettersson Breaks Canucks Point Record For Rookies

It has been an unbelievable season for Elias Pettersson and this just adds onto his already storied rookie season. Pettersson has been the number one guy in Vancouver all season and has been paired perfectly with one of the best shooters in the NHL, Brock Boeser. There is only good things to come in Vancouver with Pettersson’s play-making ability and vision plus Boeser’s shot the two will be causing nightmares for NHL goalies for years to come.

On the year Pettersson has 27 goals and 34 assists which securely puts him as the highest scoring Canucks rookie in franchise history. Pettersson has 61 points surpassing Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for possession of first place among rookie points in Canucks franchise.

To say it has been a slow month for Pettersson is crazy also, in his 8 games this month he only has 5 points. I say only because in the previous four months he played plus four games in January he has been a point per game or better player.

Pettersson had 10 points in eight October games, 12 points in fourteen November games, 17 points in fourteen December games, 6 points in four January games, 11 points in fourteen February games and now 5 points in eight March games.

There is only up from here for Pettersson he has the making to be a Hart Trophy and Art Ross trophy finalist for sure. He has 61 points right now and 62 games in, with 10 games to play we can assume he will finish anywhere between 65-70 points. Which will put him 8th among rookie scoring since 1998.

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Is there even a Calder trophy race?

We went from Matt Barzal, Brock Boeser, Clayton Keller, Yanni Gourde, Kyle Connor rookie of the year race in 2017-18 to a dominate, no discussion Elias Pettersson Calder race now. Sure, Barzal out scored the other rookies by 20+ points but at this point last year it was a race. Barzal was not a clear winner by December. Yet, here we are in December of 2018 and Elias Pettersson has 30 points in 26 games, a 1.15 point per game with 15 goals and 15 assists. The next rookie up is Colin White who has 19 points in 30 games, then Brady Tkachuk with 16 points in 20 games, Miro Heiskanen with 15 points in 30 games.

It is clear as day that Pettersson is a clear favorite and most likely going to win the Calder if all pans out well, he stays healthy and stays with Brock Boeser on that line. As of now Pettersson is projected to exceed Barzal’s point total last year (85). Pettersson is projected to total 94.3 points so 94 points. My prediction for Pettersson is that he totals the same as Barzal probably around 80-85 points. A 1.15 per game player is tough in this league to maintain for a full 82 game year, plus he is going to hit a plateau at some point, no? Either way the whole point of this article is to say, Elias Pettersson great job winning the Calder trophy.

Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Dec. 3rd-9th)

Johnny Gaudreau: It seems this kid is involved in every Calgary scoring play. The Flames five-game win streak that just ended Sunday night was in large part due to Johnny Hockey’s production. In the four games the Flames played this week Gaudreau had 2 goals and 6 assists. Gaudreau has been a big reason why the Flames are first in the West right now. On the year Gaudreau has 12 goals and 27 assists.

Elias Pettersson: Same as Gaudreau, every scoring play the Canucks have Pettersson is involved in. On the week Pettersson 2 goals and 6 assists. His big game coming vs St. Louis where he tallied 5 points, but every game this week Pettersson had a point. On the year this makes it now 15 goals and 15 assists for the rookie and clear Calder favorite.

Steven Stamkos: This is the first time Stammer gets on the list but Stamkos and the Lightning have had themselves a nice last two weeks. On a current six-game win streak, over the last week though Stammer managed 4 goals and 3 assists, picking up four points in the Lightning’s 7-1 win over Colorado. Stamkos has 12 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Jake Gardiner: If I am not mistaking this is the first defenseman to make the list. Gardiner is a very underrated offensive defenseman, his 2 goals do not speak for his offensive ability but Gardiner is a big part of this Leafs offensive success. Gardiner on the week had a point in every game, 1 goal and 5 assists, despite the Leafs two loses of their three games Gardiner managed to be productive for your fantasy team. On the year Gardiner now has 2 goals and 15 assists.

Gustav Nyquist: A name you probably have not heard in some time probably but Nyquist is a big part of the Red Wings offense, without his production and veteran leadership the Red Wings would not be as competitive. On the week Nyquist managed a point in every game managing 3 goals and 3 assists in three games this week. Nyquist now has 7 goals and 20 assists on the year.

 

Fantasy Hockey players of the week (Oct. 29- Nov.4)

Edition #2 of fantasy players of the week, as always all this is based off the teams performance, players performance and of course who contributed the most to their team.

  1. Elias Pettersson: In just three games this week Pettersson tallied 4 goals and 3 assists, with one game consisting of 5 points(2G, 3A). Plus the Canucks three games this week resulted in three wins. Pettersson has been the clear favorite for the Calder trophy thus far and an impact player to the Canucks roster. The Canucks are 9-6-0 with 18 points one point behind Calgary for the Pacific lead. The Canucks started out this way last year but it is clear Pettersson has really helped add another elite scoring forward to already Brock Boeser and put them where they are right now.
  2. Sean Monahan: The Pacific leading Flames have enjoyed their last week of play, in four games this week they won all four and moved a top the Pacific leading Vancouver by one point. The Flames success came off players like Monahan who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists, his big game coming Saturday vs Chicago where he scored 2 goals. Monahan now has 18 points(8G, 10A) on the year.
  3. Brayden Point: The RFA forward is clearly making his case for a nice contract this offseason. Point and the Lightning played in four games this week winning three of them, in those four games Point had 7 points, two goals and five assists. On the year Point has now 8 goals and 9 assists. With the contract of Yanni Gourde, this could mean Point is the odd-man out in Tampa coming the 2019 offseason.
  4. Elias Lindholm: Another Flames player on the list. Lindholm came onto Calgary from a trade in the offseason. Since the trade it seems Lindholm has enjoyed his tenure in Calgary, as this week he racked up 5 assists, 3 powerplay points and two goals. Lindholm’s big game came vs Chicago where he had 3 assists, on the year he now has 8 goals and 9 assists.
  5. Thomas Greiss: The Islanders have started off on the right side of things this year, after their win vs New Jersey Saturday they now sit on top of the Metropolitan division 8-4-1 with 17 points leading Pittsburgh. Greiss played in all three of the Islanders games this week, being brought in for relief in the Penguins game Tuesday making 12 of 13 saves, but his real two starts came later in the week. This week Greiss definitely earned himself star recognition with two wins a 1.24 goals against, .962 save percentage.
  6. Antti Raanta: The Coyotes are off to their best start since 2006, winning their last five games for the first time in nearly 10 years. Raanta has played a big part in the Coyotes success but this week he stepped up and during his two starts earned two wins. In two games this week Raanta allowed four goals on 77 shots. On the year Raanta has 5 wins a 2.10 GAA and .929 save percentage.

Fantasy Hockey rookies looking to make an impact from the start

Rasmus Dahlin (D, BUF): The sky is the limit with this rookie defenseman, being compared to Nicklas Lidstrom and one of the best defenseman to emerge in the league in quite sometime has set others on their high horse about Dahlin. He will 100 percent play right away too, and right in the top four mix. Dahlin is slotted on line two right now with Zach Bogosian. These two will be eating up 20+ minutes per game, while Dahlin will also be working on power play with Rasmus Ristolanien. Dahlin as we all know is a very solid offensive defenseman, who will learn the importance of being as solid on both ends of the puck early on. He picks up on things quickly and is an extremely quick learner. While he may not be the biggest guy on the ice, he is not afraid to be physical although his speed and awareness is the biggest part of his game. Dahlin is capable of 45 plus points this season and an early Calder favorite.

Andrei Svechnikov (RW, CAR): The second most highly sought after rookie coming into the draft, the Hurricanes number two overall pick and top three forward will be thrown into the mix right away. Svechnikov is coming off a 40 goal season in the OHL with the Barrie Colts and 11 points in 8 playoff games with Barrie as well. Svechnikov played in 16 International games between the U18 and U20 Russian team and in those 16 games he collected a total of 20 points. This is a good sign for Carolina as they may be able to add another scoring forward to their offense to help supplement Sebastian Aho as well. Svechnikov is slotted with Aho and other Russian counter part Valentin Zykov as well. Between seeing first line time and power play time, Svechnikov has the potential for a big rookie season a player you for sure will keep an eye on in the draft.

Brady-Tkachuk-SenatorsBrady Tkachuk (LW, OTT): After telling Boston University he intends to sign with Ottawa for the 2018-19 season and signing an entry level deal it is apparent Tkachuk wants to make an impact on the Senators line up right away. Withdrawing from BU and jumping into the NHL will be a big transition for the young forward. Tkachuk is coming off a 31 point season in 40 games with BU and 9 points in 7 games with USA’s U20 team during the World Juniors. Tkachuk is a little different than the Tkachuk we know on Calgary, Brady is more of a playmaking, scoring type of forward, where his brother is known for his offensive ability as well as his on-ice antics. Brady is slotted with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzingel as well as the second power play right now. Tkachuk may not have the best tools around him but he does have some solid line mates to help him ease his way into his first year, to start Tkachuk may be a little snake bitten but once he gets comfortable I think we can expect a 35 point season out of him.

Filip Zadina (RW, DET): This kid is on a mission. With a couple teams passing on Zadina and falling to sixth overall Zadina even said he is out to make those who passed on him feel sorry for it. Zadina is an all around forward who can play two sides of the puck very well while also being a dynamic goal scorer. Zadina is coming off a 44 goal and 82 point season in 57 games with Halifax in the QMJHL. He has signed with Detroit and as of now he is slotted to make the opening day roster but we may not know about Zadina’s situation until early September. Zadina could potentially play with Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Vanek or Henrik Zetterberg a lot of question marks for this roster. Either way, if Zadina is playing with a puck moving forward and someone able to help the scoring winger get his chances we may see a solid first year out of Zadina. If he does play the full 82 games Zadina has potential for a 40 plus point year.

Elias Pettersson (C/RW, VAN): The 2017 5th overall draft pick, spent his time in the SHL last season 56 points in 44 games. After a full year of development and Vancouver scouts analyzing his game it is apparent they believe Pettersson is ready for the next level. We saw a lot of Pettersson during International play where he tallied 14 points in 21 games. Pettersson is a very solid forward with ability to play all three zones, luckily he will be with other young prospect Jonathan Dahlen and veteran Loui Eriksson to start. If Dahlen and Pettersson get off on the right foot they will be making noise from the start. Being on a team like Vancouver is tough but Pettersson is capable of being a top six forward in Vancouver for many years and a player we will being hear a lot of over the next few years.

Eeli Tolvanen Nashville PredatorsEeli Tolvanen (LW, NSH): Tolvanen was drafted late in the first round in 2017, and being on a team like Nashville it is tough to crack that line up. Tolvanen played a few games late in the year last season and some playoff games but not enough to get an idea of what type of NHL player he. Tolvanen is slotted on the third line with Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino, two very solid counter parts for the young forward. During the 2017-18 season he played in the KHL scoring 36 points in 49 games, and most known for his World Junior play with Finland. Tolvanen is a little under sized but being on a team like Nashville will really help his confidence and development. If all goes right and he sticks in  the NHL next season Tolvanen could be a solid 3rd line 35 point guy next season.

Casey Mittlestadt (C, BUF): Mittlestadt spent his time last year with the University of Minnesota, the highly sought after prospect went 8th overall to Buffalo in 2017. Being passed by some teams due to size and physical ability, Mittlestadt will have a lot to prove at the NHL level. As Buffalo continues to improve on both ends of the puck this is an exciting time for Buffalo fans and players. Mittlestadt emerges at the same time as Dahlin so the attention may not be all on him, which is a good thing. Right now he is slotted next to Connor Sheary, a player who learned a lot from the best forward in hockey and Kyle Okposo a veteran, will be good for Mittlestadt. Mittlestadt played in six games last season scoring 1 goal and 4 assists, as well as 30 points in 34 games with Minnesota and being the MVP of the World Juniors tallying 11 points in 7 games. Mittlestadt will be a sure fantasy option next year for teams, he may get off to a slow start, or “slower” start than many expect but when he gets situated and settles in look for a solid 50 point season out of Mittlestadt.

Potential to crack the line up

  • Quinn Hughes (D, VAN): Drafted by Vancouver in the first round in 2018, Hughes has potential to crack the line up due to Vancouver lacking defensive depth but it may be best for the young defenseman to develop a little more and see more minutes at the NCAA level.
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi (C, MTL): The most infamous pick of the draft as the Canadiens really stretched on Kotkaniemi it would be weird to not see him on the Canadiens roster as their offense has very little depth and they could some more solid center pieces. 
  • Noah Dobson (D, NYI): Maybe late in the season but the Islanders are in no rush with Dobson as they know this kid will be a solid counter part to Ryan Pulock and the Islanders defense.
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (RW, NYI): No rush here with all the Islanders offensive prospects but Wahlstrom did sign an entry level deal and we may see him later in the season.
  • Adam Boqvist (D, CHI): As the biggest reason Chicago failed last season was due to lack of defensive depth it may be smart to play Boqvist but as the young defenseman is ready for the NHL level it may best to let him see more minutes elsewhere.

 

What went wrong: Vancouver Canucks 2017-2018

Vancouver yet again had another disappointing season I don’t think many people had high expectations for the Canucks, but the positive is that they have a bright future. With Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Jake Virtanen, Branden Leipsic, Troy Stecher the future is bright but right now the Cancuks have some work to do.

The Canucks finished 31-40-11, 73 points, ranked 26th in goals for(218), 9th in goals against(259), 9th in power play percentage(21.4), 21st in penalty kill(78.3). The Canucks have now to worry about filling the Sedin’s brothers spots now that they have retired but for now, the Canucks do have a bright future ahead. What went wrong for the Canucks though? Well, they did not have solid goaltending all year, some key injuries happened at a bad time, and lacked depth on both sides of the puck.

What went wrong with the Canucks? 

(1) Jakub Markstrom did not have a terrible season but when he was not in net Andres Nilsson did not fill the void well. Markstrom posted a decent record of 23-26-7 with a 2.71 GAA and a .912 save percentage, but Nilsson had a 7-14-4, 3.44 GAA and a .901 SV percentage. While Markstrom did not have a terrible season he only started 57 games, solid starting goaltender numbers but when Markstrom was not in net Nilsson did not do a great job, this is a small reason but one of the reasons the Canucks had a decent season.

(2) They had to deal with their top two forwards getting hurt at two different times with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser going down. When Boeser was in the line up the Canucks were at one point in a playoff hunt, once things hit the fan though they fell off quickly and things went south quick. Boeser their leading scorer had 55 points in 62 games and Horvat, whom when paired with Boeser was very siccessful played in 64 games with 44 points. Perhaps these two had been in the line up all year for 82 games they could have posted a .500 or a little above .500 record, but key injuries these two hurt the Canucks.

(3) The Canucks lacked the depth that is for sure. After the Sedin brothers who are aged forwards they did not have many players to fulfill their forward needs, such as Sam Gagner only scoring 31 points, Loui Eriksson with 23 points, and Branden Suter with 26 points, the Cancuks “veteran” players did not step up which hurt them. They acquired these players with different sights set on their numbers. Luckily the Canucks are transitioning to a younger model and developing younger players.

Will things get better?

Well like I said the Canucks are developing their younger players which is good because they have a ton of younger forwards coming up, like Pettersson, John Dahlen, Tyler Motte with established players like Boeser, Horvat, Sven Baerthschi, and more but the Canucks are definitely on the up and after this season it is a bright spot at least. They do have the 7th overall pick in this yeas draft definitely acquiring a top-level prospect yet again. Will they be back in a playoff hunt next season? Probably not they will be a 22-24th ranked team and finish around the same, maybe around .500 not above it by many games but definitely a better season is ahead. The problems heading into the offseason will be to resign, Markus Granlund, Beartschi, Virtanen, Stecher and Derick Poulit, not a huge burden but some things to consider with their 22 million in cap space and 6 picks out of the 7 rounds this season.