Canucks’ Elias Pettersson out for next two games, potentially longer

Elias Pettersson would be shaken up after getting slammed to the ice by Michael Matheson.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson will miss his club’s next two games — against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday — general manager Jim Benning confirmed to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Pettersson was knocked out of Vancouver’s 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday after an incident involving he and defender Michael Matheson. After a skilful play from the 19-year-old left Matheson sprawling on the ice, the Florida defender pinned Pettersson against the boards in the corner and slammed him to the ice. The rookie appeared woozy as he left the ice.

The team confirmed Monday that Pettersson is in concussion protocol and did not put a timeline on his return.

They also announced that veteran forward Jay Beagle is out six weeks with a broken forearm. Beagle suffered the injury against the Panthers too, when he blocked a shot in the third period.

The Canucks called up prospect, and recent NCAA standout, Adam Gaudette to fill in while Pettersson and Beagle recover.

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