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Pettersson: 10 goals in 10 games

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Another goal, another whack of stats.

Elias Pettersson scored his 10th career NHL goal in his 10th career NHL game Tuesday night in Detroit as part of a 3-2 Vancouver shootout loss; the Canucks have not lost in regulation over their last four games.

Pettersson's goal, scored at the 13:39 mark of the 1st period to put the Canucks up 1-0, was an absolute rocket of a shot.

Video: VAN@DET: Pettersson beats Howard over the glove

The goal quickly drew comparisons to a similar one scored by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, on Mike Vernon back in the day.

Tweet from @Canucks: Shades of Gretzky? You decide. 🤔

It's a little early to crown Pettersson the Swedish Gretzky, let's give him at least another game or two. Although Twitter user Leonard Washington does raise a good point:

Tweet from @RealLeonardWA: Stop calling Elias the Swedish Gretzky when it's quite obvious that Gretzky is now the Canadian Pettersson. GOD BLESS ELIAS!

As the 19-year-old rookie continues to impress, the stats continue to pile up.

-Pettersson became just the 17th player in NHL history to score 10+ goals through his first 10 career games, and just the fifth to do so outside of the NHL's inaugural season.

-Pettersson is the only teenager in the last 30 seasons (1988-89 to present) to open their career with at least 10 goals through their first 10 career games played.

-Pettersson is the first player to record 16+ points through his first 10 career NHL games since 1992-93, when Dimitri Kvartalnov and Nikolai Borschevsky accomplished the feat.

-Pettersson tied Esa Tikkanen and Mike Walton for the most points (16) by a player in their first 10 games as a member of the Canucks.

-Pettersson has collected at least a point in each road game he's played this season with seven in five games.

Impressive stats aside, Pettersson is happy he's contributing, but it means nothing to him without a Canucks win and two points.

Video: POSTGAME | Elias Pettersson at Red Wings

Vancouver continues its six-game road trip Thursday night in Boston.

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