According to a report from Swedish hockey insider Uffe Bodin, Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson has suffered a broken thumb at the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championships and will not play for the remainder of the tournament.
Elias Pettersson is done. Won’t play anymore at the Worlds after suffering a thumb injury against Switzerland. #Canucks #IIHF2018
Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal confirmed the news, as well:
It’s a thumb injury for Elias Pettersson at the World’s, his tournament is over. The #Canucks may now go ahead and sign him.
It’s believed that the 19 year old Swedish League superstar suffered the injury on this play:
Man… what a goal that would have been. Tough break for the kid.
This, after he nearly scored the goal of the tournament just yesterday:
My oh my… this kid has crazy talent. Get ready, Canucks fans. Pettersson has all the makings of a legitimate NHL star, he could look good on a line with Canucks sniper Brock Boeser REAL soon. The teenager was playing on a line with with Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist for the tournaments’ first five games, where he generated three points.
Sweden will have to continue their tournament without Pettersson, but luckily for them they still boast a strong team without him. They remain undefeated in the preliminary round and look to be one of the tournament's most dangerous squads.
Pettersson’s thumb injury effectively ends a dream season for the youngster who was selected 5th overall by the Canucks in last June’s 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Not only did he lead his Vaxjo Lakers to an SHL championship, Pettersson was also the league’s leading scorer and MVP. In fact, the shifty, smooth skating center established a new scoring record in Sweden’s top league, surpassing the legendary Peter Forsberg. Wow… talk about good company. If this kid develops into anything even CLOSE to Forsberg, Canucks fans will be very, VERY happy.
If you need any more proof that this kid is the real deal, just check out his highlight reel:
If nothing else, Pettersson has proved that he's ready for the NHL. Look for him to make an impact with the Canucks in 2018-19 where it's expected that he'll challenge for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
Source: Uffe Bodin
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