Saturday , September 18 2021

Elias Pettersson is celebrated by Wayne Gretzky

"Offering show every evening"

Elias Pettersson, 20, has taken the NHL by storm.

Now the Swedish giant talent is celebrated – the greatest of times.

"We have many similarities," said Wayne Gretzky.

It's quite good for Elias Pettersson …

He has scored 17 points (10 + 7) on his 12 first matches in the world's best hockey league, celebrating 20 years today – and now he is celebrated by Wayne Gretzky himself.

Lyrical Vancouver Canucks fans have already begun drawing parallels to the 57-year-old legend, so Canadian Sportsnet decided to call him (Gretzky, then) and let him give his opinion on the comparison.

"To see this young guy come in (in NHL) and entertain the audience and invite a show every night is nothing but positive for our sport. I've had the opportunity to see him on a couple of occasions and am so funny to watch, he plays with so much passion, "says Gretzky in the radio show SN 650.

"He's so smart"

Gretzky does not mind the comparison being made.

– Comparisons are what this sport is about. I think we have many similarities. His glance at the game and the ability to find smart solutions out there on the ice is at least as good as anyone else at the moment. He is so clever, he always knows where to position himself on the ice. The Vancouver fans are obviously excited because they have a strong body of young players and it's going to happen good things in that city in the future, says Gretzky.

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