The 2018-19 NHL season unofficially started for the Canucks last night as they played their first pre-season game of the year. They ended up falling 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers, however there were many things to be excited about if you were a Canucks fan watching the game.
Sven Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin both scored for the Canucks, while Bo Horvat added two assists. However, all eyes were on rookie Elias Pettersson who made his debut at Rogers Arena. He had an assist on the night and was robbed of another assist on a beautiful ‘no look behind-the-back’ pass to Goldobin, who was saved on the play.
Pettersson looked very flashy throughout the whole game, as he dangled and deked his way through the competition. If Pettersson continues to play the same way in the future, there is no chance he will be sent back to Sweden for another year.