Elias Pettersson is having a fantastic start to his NHL career. He’s now encountered his first road block.
The 19-year-old was tossed to the ice by Panthers’ Mike Matheson during the third period of Saturday’s victory and was forced to leave the contest.
Pettersson, who already scored his fifth goal of the season earlier in the game, went to retrieve a puck in the corner before he appeared to be boarded and taken down by Matheson.
Here’s a look at the play:
— /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) October 14, 2018
Pettersson appeared to hit his head on both the glass and then on the ice. He tried to stand up on his own but ultimately needed the assistance of Canucks’ trainer Jon Sanderson in order to get off the ice.
The young phenom played all of two shifts in the third period before suffering the injury and not returning. The Canucks weren’t able to provide an update on Pettersson’s status following the game.
Pettersson has been sensational in his young NHL career to date, recording five goals and eight points through five contests.
His power-play snipe against the Panthers was just the latest example of his immense talent:
Elias Pettersson's shot is ridiculous pic.twitter.com/VHiSQx7nIY
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) October 14, 2018
Tough break for the young Swede.