Vancouver Canucks Elias Pettersson Out With Injured MCL

Elias Pettersson
OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 02: Vancouver Canucks Center Elias Pettersson (40) during warm-up before National Hockey League action between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on January 2, 2019, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks announced that forward Elias Pettersson is sidelined for one to two weeks with an MCL sprain.

Elias Pettersson Injured

While playing against the Montreal Canadiens, Pettersson had a mid-ice collision with Jesperi Kotkaniemi that resulted in Pettersson landing on his leg and leaving the game.

So far this season, Pettersson has scored 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points to go along with 6 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 50.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 4.7%.

This is Pettersson’s rookie season and was the frontrunner to win the Calder Memorial Trophy. Only having played 38 games so far in his career, he is over a point per game this season. He was taken in the first round, 5th overall in the 2017 NHL draft.

“I’m hopeful he can play very soon,” head coach Travis Green said earlier in the day. “The sooner the better. He looks good. He’s walking around pretty well.”

Jesperi Kotkaniemi weighed in after the game talking about the play, saying there was no intent to injure and that it was an unfortunate play, and stated that he apologized after the game.

What This Means for the Future

With Pettersson out, this will be a huge blow to the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks roster has heavily relied upon Pettersson and their other young stars such as Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. He is the teams leading scorer and the team will feel the loss, even if it is only for a couple of weeks. The Canucks roster does not have a lot of secondary scoring and will struggle to keep pace, as seen in the 5-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night in their first full game without Pettersson.

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