Canucks fans are understandably hyped up about Elias Pettersson right now, but he’s caught the attention of the entire NHL. It’s hard to ignore Pettersson, even when he plays in the far-off lands of the Pacific Northwest, as he’s just been so unbelievably good.
As Pettersson gets set to face the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, a former Bruin, Marc Savard, weighed in on Pettersson’s unreal start and broke down the tape job of his stick in his YouTube series "Taping Twigs."
Savard didn’t officially retire from the NHL until earlier this year, though he hadn’t played since his devastating concussion during the 2010-11 season. The former centre is hoping to get into coaching, but he’s also started Project 91, an apparel company dedicated to raising concussion awareness and raising money to support concussion research.
His Taping Twigs series on YouTube has covered the tape jobs of dozens of NHL players. Many are based on actual sticks that he has from the players with their actual tape jobs, while others are based on his observations. The latter is the case for his latest video on Pettersson.
It’s a detailed breakdown, pointing out the thin tape used on the butt end, the long knob, the clear plastic tape around the base of the knob, and the full coverage of the blade. You can see how accurate Savard’s tape job is based on photos of Pettersson’s stick.
At most, you might suggest that Savard made the knob on the butt end slightly too big: Pettersson seems to prefer a slimmer knob. No jokes, you guys. Be mature.
Finally, one more shot of Pettersson’s stick in action, because it’s not just about the tape job, but about that flex.