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Pettersson named NHL Rookie of the Month for December

Canucks center had six goals, 17 points in 14 games

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, who led all rookies in goals (6), assists (11), points (17), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (tied, +8) in 14 outings, has been named the NHL's "Rookie of the Month" for December.

Pettersson edged Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (5-4-9 in 14 GP), Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Andreas Johnsson (3-6-9 in 13 GP) and Ottawa Senators center Colin White (3-6-9 in 14 GP) for the honor.

Pettersson, who also was named Rookie of the Month for October, registered at least one point in 10 of his 14 December appearances - including a seven-game streak from Dec. 4-16 (4-9-13) - to power Vancouver to an 8-5-1 month.

Pettersson notched four multi-point performances, highlighted by his second five-point effort of the season Dec. 9 at STL (1-4-5). In doing so, he became the sixth rookie in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to record multiple five-point games within a single season - and the second to achieve the feat before the end of December (also Bryan Trottier: 1975-76 w/ NYI).

The 20-year-old Sundsvall, Sweden, native - who was selected fifth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft - has played in 36 total games this season, topping rookies in goals (19), assists (20), points (39), power-play goals (tied, 5), power-play assists (7), power-play points (12), game-winning goals (6) and shooting percentage (26.0%).

 

Elias Pettersson in December

Date, Opponent, G, A, PTS, Result

Dec. 1, DALLAS, 0, 0, 0, 2-1 L

Dec. 4, MINNESOTA, 0, 1, 1, 3-2 L

Dec. 6, NASHVILLE, 1, 1, 2, 5-3 W

Dec. 9, at St. Louis, 1, 4, 5, 6-1 W

Dec. 11, at Columbus, 1, 1, 2, 3-2 W

Dec. 13, at Nashville, 0, 1, 1, 4-3 OT L

Dec. 15, PHILADELPHIA, 0, 1, 1, 5-1 W

Dec. 16, EDMONTON, 1, 0, 1, 4-2 W

Dec. 18, TAMPA BAY, 0, 0, 0, 5-2 L

Dec. 20, ST. LOUIS, 0, 1, 1, 5-1 W

Dec. 22, WINNIPEG, 0, 0, 0, 1-0 L

Dec. 27, at Edmonton, 1, 1, 2, 4-2 W

Dec. 29, at Calgary, 1, 0, 1, 3-2 OT W

Dec. 31, at New Jersey, 0, 0, 0, 4-0 L

Totals 6, 11, 17, 8-5-1

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