Elias Pettersson is giving the Vancouver Canucks a much-needed offensive boost.
Pettersson scored twice in a 5-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Monday, giving him seven goals in his first seven NHL games. The 19-year-old rookie center, who missed six games with a concussion before returning Saturday, is the 21st player to score at least seven goals in his first seven NHL games and the eighth in the modern era (since 1943-44). He has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) for the Canucks (7-6-0), who were 26th in goals last season with 218.
Don Murdoch (1976-77 New York Rangers), Blair MacDonald (1979-80 Edmonton Oilers) and Robert Gaudreau (1992-93 San Jose Sharks) share the modern-era record with eight goals in their first seven games. The other players with seven goals in their first seven NHL games were Pat LaFontaine (1983-84 New York Islanders), Marek Svatos (2005-06 Colorado Avalanche), Evgeni Malkin (2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins) and Tomas Hertl (2013-14 Sharks)
Two other players have scored as many as seven goals through their first seven games with the Canucks, NHL debut or otherwise: forwards Greg Adams in 1987-88 (seven) and Alexander Mogilny in 1995-96 (eight).
Pettersson has seven of the 22 goals scored by teenagers so far this season. It's the fourth consecutive season that players under the age of 20 have combined for at least 20 goals before the end of October (35 in 2017-18, 29 in 2016-17 and 28 in 2015-16). The NHL record for most goals scored by teenagers in October is 47 set in 1982-83 and matched in 1984-85.
NHL.com/sv looks at Elias Pettersson's impressive poise:
Pettersson visar att han är speciell