How Swede it is for fans of the Vancouver Canucks.
Following the retirement of the iconic Sedin twins - Henrik and Daniel packed it in as the greatest players in franchise history following the 2017-18 NHL season - it appears another pair of Swedes are prepared for very bright futures with the Canucks.
At Vancouver’s Young Stars Classic this past weekend, top draft picks Elias Pettersson and Jonathan Dahlen garnered most of the attention as they combined for six goals to lead the Canucks prospects to a weekend sweep over the prospects for the Winnipeg Jets, including a 6-4 victory Sunday afternoon at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
Pettersson and Dahlen are not only two of the brightest prospects in hockey, but they are also good friends and were linemates for three seasons in junior hockey.
Pettersson has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in the entire NHL after being selected fifth overall by the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
As an 18-year-old playing against men last season, Pettersson led the Swedish Elite League in scoring and was selected as Most Valuable Player.
Dahlen was selected in the second round of the NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators.
Dahlen was obtained by the Canucks from the Senators in a trade for Alex Burrows two years ago.
Burrows, who played much of his career on the same line at the Sedin's, had his contract bought out by the Senators this past summer.
Pettersson and Dahlen, 20, are both expected to crack the Canucks lineup for the 2018-19 season.
The Canucks open training camp this Friday in Whistler.
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