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Elias Pettersson named Rookie of the Month for December


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NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2019) – 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 P 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

https://media.nhl.com/public/news/12567

 

 

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8 minutes ago, MikeBossy said:

This kid is something special - who needs a 1st overall when you get such a gem at 5th overall :)

 

I agree. Benning got a great one here. I know it would be amazing to get the 1st this year (and draft J. Hughes), but I would also be very happy with any of the players ranked in the Top 12. Looks like a good draft.

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EP’s only real competition right now is Dahlin....there are some solid rookies having good first years, but these two are ahead by a fair margin.  BTs monster comeback after an early season is starting to look more like an anomaly then his norm.  

 

Look forward to seeing his name on many of the three stars over the next month, and another rookie of the month designation in January.

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