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Elias Pettersson: Calder nominee

...Canucks rookie a finalist as NHL Rookie of the Year

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson scored 10 goals in his first 10 NHL games. Since then, Petey has been discussed alongside this year's Calder Memorial Trophy.

In late April, Pettersson was officially nominated for the NHL's Rookie of the Year award, alongside Jordan Binnington and Rasmus Dahlin.

The winner will be revealed at the NHL Awards this Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Pettersson deserves to win the Calder. Here's 40 reasons why.

1. Elias Petterson set a Canucks franchise record for most points in a rookie season, finishing with a team-high 28 goals, 38 assists and 66 points.

Video: Pettersson sets Franchise Rookie Points Record

2. Pettersson not only lead the Canucks, but all rookies in goals (28), assists (38), points (66), power-play goals (10), power-play points (22), game-winning goals (7), and points per game (0.93).

3. He scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his first NHL game.

Video: CGY@VAN: Pettersson nets first NHL goal after prank

4. Petey finished seventh for most points by a Swedish-born player in their rookie season all-time.

5. Pettersson, who led all rookies with seven goals and 10 points in eight games (7-3-10) in October, was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October.

Video: Pettersson named NHL Rookie of the Month for October

6. He was named the NHL's second star of the week ending November 4th (sharing the League lead with four goals and ranked third overall with seven points in three games)

7. He was also named first star of the week ending December 9th (after leading the NHL with eight points (2-6-8) in three games).

Video: Pettersson, Domingue, Gaudreau named 3 Stars of Week

8. Did someone say hat-trick? Petey was the eighth Canucks rookie to net a hat trick.

Tweet from @Canucks: Petey cam. Check out @_EPettersson's entire shift from overtime last night... lethal. 👀🚨

9. He also became the first rookie in Canucks franchise history to score a hat trick that included an overtime goal.

10. He makes his parents proud.

Video: Pettersson puts on show for his parents in attendance

11. Pettersson became just the fourth active player to accumulate 40 or more career points within his first 40 NHL games.

12. Petey had the second most productive season by a Swedish-born player 20-years-old or younger. Nicklas Backstrom had 69 points in 2007-08.

13. He had the sixth most productive season by a European-born rookie (aged 20 or younger) in NHL history. The top five: Alex Ovechkin (106 in 2005-06), Evgeni Malkin (85 in 2006-2007), Alexei Yashin (79 in 1993-94), Jari Kurri (75 in 1980-81) and Nicklas Backstrom (69 in 2007-08).

14. With five points (1-4-5) on Dec. 9 at STL, Pettersson became the sixth rookie since 1967-68 to record multiple outings with at least five points in a single season.

Video: VAN@STL: Pettersson scores, earns four assists in win

15. He also registered five points (2-3-5) on Nov. 2 vs COL. This play stole the show.

Video: COL@VAN: Pettersson feeds Boeser with sly bank pass

16. He's only the fifth player in the last 100 years to score 10 goals in his first 10 games.

17. He drew comparisons to Wayne Gretzky. Heard of him?

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

18. "From my point of view, he's got a lot of my similarities. His hockey sense and his playmaking ability are as good as anybody right now, and that's probably where the comparisons come from - much more the playmaking than anything else…" - Wayne Gretzky

19. You can say his name however you want to.

Video: How to Properly Pronounce Elias Pettersson

20. Petey recorded 50 points in his first 45 games, putting him sixth on the list of players to have accomplished that in the last 30 years.

21. "Google it."

22. His shootout moves are unreal - part 1.

Video: NSH@VAN: Pettersson shows off hands on penalty shot

23. His shootout moves are unreal - part 2.

Video: NJD@VAN: Pettersson pulls off phenomenal move in SO

24. He's the first player in Canucks history with a point in his first six career road games. He had eight points over that stretch.

25. "I've heard Elias being called a mix of Pavel Datsyuk and Pavel Bure.. On one hand, Pettersson is very skilled, on the other, really fast. The NHL, too, has become really fast in the last years. But it's very important not to just run rampant around the ice but to synch the speed with the head. If a hockey player can synch, he has a chance to become great. When I see a player like this I understand he can do anything on the ice." - Pavel Bure

26. Petey represented Team Pacific in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, becoming the youngest Canucks player and just the third Vancouver rookie named to the honour.

Video: Pettersson's Rookie Season Leads Him to All-Star Game

27. He participated in the Fastest Skater and Puck Control Relay events during the Skills Competition.

28. "Ni hao" Petey brought it to All-Star media day.

Video: ALL-STAR | Behind the Scenes at Media Day

29. 99.4! Petey also brought it during the Canucks Superskills competition.

Video: Elias Pettersson Records Canucks Hardest Shot

30. Despite being a leader, Petey also makes a great minion when needed.

31. He's also a fabulous magician.

Tweet from @Canucks: Anything you can do, Petey can do better. 🏒🔥👀

32. In addition to being a superb juggler.

Tweet from @Canucks: Nice hands Petey 🤹���������

33. So many snipes, so little time.

Video: VAN@LAK: Pettersson nets PPG to open the scoring

34. His bromance with Brock Boeser is epic.

Tweet from @Canucks: Reunited and it feels so good 🚨🔥

35. It's a hilarious give and take relationship.

Video: Boeser and Pettersson Mic'd Up at Dice and Ice

36. With his seventh game-winning goal Jan. 2 at OTT, Pettersson established a new Canucks single-season record for most game-winning goals scored by a rookie.

37. The Death Stare is real and it's spectacular.

Tweet from @RobTheHockeyGuy: I think that's a no

38. The blind pass.

Video: Scenes from the Season | Pettersson's Blind Pass

39. He's friends with Gritty.

40. His final goal of the season was scored on Jordan Binnington. Just sayin.

Video: VAN@STL: Pettersson nets PPG to tie it late

Whether or not Petterson becomes the first unanimous Calder Trophy winner since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93 remains to be seen, but he should be hoisting the trophy this week either way.

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