Vancouver Canucks forward, Elias Pettersson, was injured during Thursday night's match-up against the Montreal Canadiens, and now he will receive an MRI to reveal the severity of his injury.
According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, the Canucks will have Pettersson undergo an MRI to reveal if he sustained any serious injury. Their currently in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs this Saturday night.
So Pettersson has traveled with the team and will receive an MRI in Toronto before their game. The rookie was tangled up with Canadiens' forward, Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Pettersson had his leg twisted when the two feel down onto the ice. Which caused the 20-year-old to leave the game, and not return.
Canucks Elias Pettersson leaves game with injury.— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) January 4, 2019
This is nottt the kind of way you want to see the leg bend of your leading point scorer 😳 pic.twitter.com/aODPdqxRVu
The positive news is that Pettersson was able to leave the ice under is own power. He was also reportedly walking around the dressing room on his injured leg. Which means his injury doesn't sound too serious.
But, the Canucks want to be very cautious with how they deal with their leading scorer's injury. He's currently listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, but that could change after the tests of his MRI is revealed.
If it's nothing serious, then Pettersson should only miss a few games due to it. Which would be a huge sigh of relief for the Canucks. Pettersson has been a big reason why this team has performed so well this season.
Pettersson leads the Canucks in goals, points and game-winning goals so far this season. He also leads the team in power play points as well. Which shows how important he is to this team, even though he's only a rookie.
He's currently arguably the favorite to win the Calder trophy this season, because of how dominant he has been so far this season. He has helped this Canucks team fast track their rebuild, that was expected to continue through this season.
But, because of the way he has performed this season, they have been able to position themselves in the race for an unexpected playoff spot. Which is why they will need Pettersson to return to their lineup so that he can continue to help them make this push towards the playoffs.
What This Means
Pettersson has been one the best players in the NHL so far this season. Which seems crazy to say because he's only just a rookie. But, he has helped the Canucks get to where they are in the standings.
So they should be thankful that his injury seems to be a minor one. Which will likely mean they will only be without him for a couple of games. Which should also help him continue to perform on a pace that would win him the Calder trophy.