News: 4 days agoPettersson (wrist) has yet to sign a contract extension with the Canucks and won't be present for the start of Vancouver's training camp, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
Spin: General manager Jim Benning believes he and Pettersson's camp aren't that far apart in their negotiations, but the 22-year-old pivot will miss the start of training camp at a minimum. Pettersson has racked up 65 goals and 153 points through 165 contests in his first three NHL seasons, so he's in for a major pay raise.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: After opening his career with consecutive 66-point campaigns, Pettersson was limited to just 21 points in 26 games last season and missed the final 30 games due to a wrist injury. The 22-year-old Swede is expected back for the start of the season and should retake his place as one of the game's brightest young stars, assuming Vancouver works out a contract with the restricted free agent. Pettersson has one of the best shots in the game, as evidenced by his 65 goals through 165 career NHL contests. He's already an established No. 1 center, but Pettersson has the potential to take his game up a notch and climb into the truly elite tier.