Elias Pettersson's first two seasons in the NHL have been nothing short of spectacular, but he believes he has the potential to take his talent to the next level.
"My second season I am very happy with, but I still think - or I know - I can play better," the Vancouver Canucks star said Thursday, according to NHL.com's David Satriano. "First season (2018-19) was very good. I think the end of the last 20-30 games my first season wasn't that good, but it was a good learning point for me."
The 21-year-old was selected by the Canucks fifth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. He led all rookies in goals (28) and points (66) last campaign, taking home the Calder Trophy in the process.
This season, Pettersson was on pace to improve on his rookie year significantly. At the time of the season's pause on March 12, he had 27 goals and 66 points with a number of games left.
He reflected on what he can do to improve, and ultimately believes it's working on the little things that can help him develop.
"Maturing in the game, like never losing puck battles, never lose (the puck) if I'm going to try and dangle someone," Pettersson said. "Small areas, small details that I can work on to become better."