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The 5th pick and newest Canuck!

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

With the 5th selection in the 2017 NHL entry draft, the Vancouver Canucks select: Elias Pettersson from Timrå IK of the Allsvenskan.

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Elias Petterson is the Canuck pick at 5! What do we think?

Posted by Nucks Misconduct on Friday, June 23, 2017

By the Numbers:

Born: November 12, 1998, Sundsvall, SWE

Position: C/LW

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 165 lbs.

Hand: Left

Notable Rankings:

NHL Central Scouting (EU): 2nd

Hockeyprospect.com: 5th

Bob McKenzie (TSN): 7th

What We Like:

Pettersson is an all-around forward, with a high hockey IQ. He will be a solid playmaker who can be counted on in all situations when he physically matures.

One great thing to keep in mind is that Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlen have a great friendship, and this move will definitely help develop some immediate chemistry for a potential line in training camp and hopefully beyond!

He plays a bit bigger than his 165 pound frame which will affirm the statement made above. He’s also got some real penalty drawing skills, which is never a bad thing

What Concerns Us

Obviously, I’ve mentioned previously that he’s slight... If you watched him walk to the stage you quickly realize that he has a lot of room to grow into his 6’2” frame! That frame is reminiscent of the Sedins at that age, so have some faith that he will get bigger in due time!

NHL Comparison

Henrik Zetterberg

What’s Next?

Pettersson will be playing for Växjö Lakers HC of the SHL next season and will likely be making the jump to North America in 2018-19 at the earliest.

How do you feel about Vancouver’s first pick in this year’s draft?