Canucks’ Pettersson finds himself in Sakic territory with goal Friday

Watch as Elias Pettersson bangs home a rebound to score his eighth goal in nine career games, the first centre to do so since Joe Sakic in 1988-89.

Vancouver Canucks super rookie Elias Pettersson has found himself in some very elite company.

Playing in just his ninth game Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, Pettersson scored his eighth goal of the season, making him the first centre since Joe Sakic in 1988-89 to find the back of the net eight times in just their first nine games.

Scoring at the 17:33 mark of the second period to assure himself of this historical feat, that goal was also his third point of the night as he had previously set up Brock Boeser twice before, including a beauty that involved a deliberate play off the end-boards:

This wasn’t the only record Pettersson broke Friday evening, however, as the 19-year, 356-day-old phenom finished his night with five points to become the youngest Canucks player in history to have such an evening.

The future looks very bright in Vancouver right now.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.