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Pettersson of Canucks wins Calder Trophy

Rookie of year set Vancouver records with 66 points, seven game-winning goals

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LAS VEGAS -- Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old center finished his first NHL season with a Vancouver rookie record 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) in 71 games, passing Pavel Bure (1991-92) and Ivan Hlinka (1981-82), who each had 60 points.

"[My] legs [are] still shaking from [my] speech," Pettersson said. "I'm extremely happy. So many people to thank for being here, but my family needs to be thanked the most, and they know."

 

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Pettersson is the 31st player in NHL history to end a season leading rookies in goals, assists and points, and the first since Artemi Panarin with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015-16 (30 goals, 47 assists, 77 points in 80 games). He also set a Canucks rookie record with seven game-winning goals.

"I didn't know how well I would do coming into the season, but I started off really good and just took it from there and then, I don't know, I hit the bump at the end of the season," Pettersson said. "I'm very happy with my season."

Pettersson led NHL rookies in power-play goals (10) and primary assists (24). His shooting percentage of 19.4 percent ranked seventh among NHL players who scored at least 15 goals. He led the Canucks with 30 minor penalties drawn, and Vancouver had 50.14 percent of shot attempts at 5-on-5 when Pettersson was on the ice.

He is the second Canucks rookie to win the Calder (Bure, 1991-92), which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

"I don't see myself as a superstar, I see myself as a kid playing hockey and living my dream here in North America," Pettersson said. I'm just excited for the future and I just want to continue to grow as a player."

Video: Elias Pettersson presented with Calder Trophy

The other finalists were Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues and Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres.

Binnington, 25, made his first NHL start Jan. 7 and went 24-5-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts in 32 games to help the Blues return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a one-season absence.

Dahlin, 19, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, led rookie defensemen in points (44), assists (35) and power-play points (20), and finished second in goals (nine) and average ice time (21:09) behind Miro Heiskanen of the Dallas Stars (12 goals, 23:07 average ice time).

2018-19 Calder Trophy voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

1. Elias Pettersson, VAN 1650 (151-20-0-0-0)

2. Jordan Binnington, STL 1072 (18-105-22-12-11)

3. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF 661 (1-21-66-50-24)

4. Miro Heiskanen, DAL 520 (1-18-49-37-28)

5. Brady Tkachuk, OTT 357 (0-4-25-49-57)

6. Anthony Cirelli, TBL 91 (0-1-5-12-23)

7. Andrei Svechnikov, CAR 50 (0-1-3-7-7)

8. Andreas Johnsson, TOR 23 (0-1-0-2-10)

9. Carter Hart, PHI 18 (0-0-1-2-7)

10. Marcus Pettersson, PIT 2 (0-0-0-0-2)

11. Dominik Kahun, CHI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Colin White, OTT 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

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