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Facts and Figures: Pettersson setting rookie records for Canucks

Center leads first-year players in scoring despite missing six games

by @NHLdotcom

Elias Pettersson has played nine NHL games, yet the Vancouver Canucks center, who turns 20 on Nov. 12, leads all rookies with nine goals and 15 points.

The second-leading rookie goal scorer this season is Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie, who has four goals in 12 games. 

The closest rookies in points are Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dennis Cholowski (eight points; two goals, six assists in 11 games) and New York Rangers center Brett Howden (three goals, five assists in 13 games).

Pettersson, who missed six games with a concussion, is the 16th player in NHL history to score at least nine goals in his first nine games and the sixth outside of the NHL's inaugural campaign.

Video: COL@VAN: Pettersson backhands puck past Grubauer

He had an NHL career-high five points (two goals, three assists) in a 7-6 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena on Friday. The five points are the most by a Canucks rookie in a regular-season game, breaking the record previously held by Brock Boeser, who had four points (one goal, three assists) against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 28, 2017. Pettersson is the first NHL rookie with five points in a game since New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (three times) and defenseman Ryan Pulock (once) each did it in 2017-18.

At 19 years and 355 days, Pettersson is the youngest player in Canucks history with at least five points in a regular-season game; Trevor Linden had six points (three goals, three assists) against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 20, 1990 at 20 years, 253 days. Seventeen NHL players have at least five points in one game at a younger age, most recently Oilers center Connor McDavid (19 years, 29 days) with two goals and three assists against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 11, 2016.

The Canucks (9-6-0, 18 points) have won three straight games to take over first place in the Pacific Division after scoring seven goals in a game for the first time since a 7-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 22, 2014. 

The game against the Avalanche on Friday was the 26th in NHL history with six tying goals and first since Nov. 26, 2005. Twenty games this season have had at least 10 combined goals, the highest total through the first 194 games of a season since 1995-96 (28).

*** looks at how Elias Pettersson keeps finding new ways to wow:

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