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Canuck Player Recap: Brock Boeser

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The Vancouver Canucks best rookie in decades was by far the most dazzling and electrifying player on the team.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks
Dec 15, 2017; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (6) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena.
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Who?

Brock Boeser

Born: February 25th, 1997, Burnsville, Minnesota

Pos: Right Wing

Drafted: 23rd overall by Vancouver in 2015

Here’s a look at Brock’s numbers after his stellar rookie season for the Canucks

Courtesy of Hockey Reference
Courtesy of Hockey Reference
Courtesy of Hockey Reference
Courtesy of Hockey Reference

Although Mat Barzal will take home the Calder Trophy, Boeser was the most prolific goal scorer among all NHL rookies. With apologies to Kyle Calder and Alex DeBrincat, Boeser goal scoring prowess went unmatched. His innate ability to score from anywhere on the ice, with a powerful and accurate shot, was his calling card. He also has a knack for creating offence on his own, whereas guys like Connor thrived once playing with bonafide first line players like Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.

Here’s where Boeser ranked league-wide in some other notable categories:

Even Strength Goals-Per-60: 1.26 (10th)

Boeser’s goals-per-60 was tied with another stellar Winnipeg Jet: Patrik Laine

Even Strength Points-Per-60: 2.09 (61st)

Even Strength Primary Points-Per-60: 1.71 (45th)

5 on 4 PP Points-Per-60: 7.25 (12th)

Although most tried to keep their expectations to a minimum, it was hard not to get excited about Boeser prior to the season. After putting up four goals in nine games during his garbage time tryout in 2016-17, Boeser flashed that goal scoring potential the Canucks so desperately lacked.

This season, Boeser was truly able to show the league that he has an elite shot. That shot is so good, it =even overshadows his underrated playmaking ability. Boeser is a smooth-skater and heads up player in the offensive zone. Opposing defences have to respect his shot, which can open up some of his linemates to score as well. It’s safe to say that the secret is out on Brock Boeser, especially after he was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.

NHL: All Star Game
Jan 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Pacific Division forward Brock Boeser (6) of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck against the Atlantic Division All-Stars during the 2018 NHL All Star Game at Amalie Arena.
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Not only was Boeser a leader among rookies and the Canucks in a number of offensive categories, he was up there with the league leaders. It’s a shame that a freak injury knocked out Boeser for the rest of the season in early March. If he was able to suit up for all 82 games Boeser was on pace for 38 goals and 72 points. That would have crushed Bure’s old record of 34 goals and 60 points as a rookie.

Although he started strong, his coming out party was in November. Boeser had 11 goals and 16 points in 15 games, cementing himself early on as one of the league’s best goal scorers. Even when he wasn’t that red hot, Boeser still never went more than six games without scoring a goal.

The craziest part about his outstanding season was that it began in the press box. Travis Green infamously scratched Boeser during the first two games of the season, which sent Canuck nation into an uproar. His rationale for sitting Boeser made more sense when apparently Boeser admitted he was tired, although that story doesn’t seem bulletproof.

Once he eventually did suit up, it didn’t take long for Boeser to make a profound impact. Just by watching these clips, you know that his ability to score goals with such ease will allow him to be successful in the league for years to come.

Of course, there was that time he made Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray die a little on the inside.

“We’re starting to learn, that he will not miss when given an opportunity like that.” Thanks Shorty.

Sometimes, Boeser decided to just put the team on his back.

He had a knack for scoring clutch goals as well.

Obviously we just want to watch all of his goals on repeat, so stick tap to Delta Highlights for throwing this package together.

Boeser has rapidly established himself as a go-to, first-line scoring winger for this young Canucks team. The real question remains, how much better can he be going into next season?

A 38 goal, 72 point pace is pretty remarkable for a guy who just recently turned 21 years old. He sure has the hockey smarts and wrist shot to be a great offensive player in this league, and should only get better with the arrival of The Chosen One 2.0