Czech him out! – Elias Petterson named Young Player of the Year at European Hockey Awards

Sweden v Slovakia - Quarterfinal -  2017 IIHF World Junior Championship

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(Yes, we know he’s Swedish)

Not content with having a record breaking season (scoring 56 points in 44 games), and leading SHL points scoring in both regular season and playoffs, the Canucks prospect has just been named the Young Player of the Year at the 2018 European Hockey Awards in Prague, Czech Republic.

Selected 5th overall by the Canucks in the 2017 draft, Petterson went on to finish 2nd in the 2018 world juniors, and won gold Gold with Sweden in the 2018 IHF World Championships.

The 19 year old Swede also also been awarded SHL Rookie of the Year and Best Forward, on top of playoff and regular season MVP; he went on to sign a 3-year entry level contract with Vancouver in May.

The talented forward will be a welcome addition to the club, with the recent retirement of fan favourites and club legends Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Their departure, whilst after a long serving career, leaves the future direction of the club uncertain.

Canucks general manager, Jim Benning, said the young Swede had ‘frankly, an outstanding series’, and in regards to him playing in NHL next year that the squad ‘need skill in the line up’.

With all that silverware, hopefully IKEA can hook their Swedish homeboy up with a bigger trophy cabinet – looks like he’s going to need it.

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Photo Credit – Bildbyrån/Petter Arvidson

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