The bad news: Elias Pettersson will not play Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
The good news: Pettersson spoke with the media today and said his return is imminent.
"I'm feeling good, just trying to get the conditioning back after missing some games," said Pettersson, adding that his right knee feels strong and stable. "I've felt like I'm making progress every day since I went out there for the first time."
The 20-year-old forward, injured two-weeks ago against the Montreal Canadiens, skated on his own this morning prior to joining the Canucks during an optional team skate. Pettersson said he'd like to take part in a full-team practice before playing, adding that he'd like to be in next game. The Canucks are scheduled to practice Thursday ahead of hosting the Buffalo Sabres Friday.
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Coach Green said Pettersson returning for Friday's game is realistic, but cautioned that he decision is not his to make.
"I hope he's in Friday," said Green, "but it's not up to me. It's up to him and the training staff. When he's ready to go, he'll be in. He's a competitive kid that wants to play. It's a good sign he skated hard today."
Pettersson has missed three games with this injury, and nine games overall this season, yet still leads the Canucks in scoring with 22 goals and 20 assists. His seven game-winning goals is tied for the NHL-league lead and established a new Canucks single-season record for most GWG scored by a rookie.
The 2019 NHL All-Star, and two-time NHL Rookie of the Month, leads all rookies in goals, points, power play goals, power play assists, power play points, game-winning goals and shooting percentage.