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Wake With Elias: Brock Boeser is on the verge of a breakout season

We’ve been waiting for it since he won the Calder. Is this the year that Boeser flashes that 40-goal potential?

NHL: JAN 25 Senators at Canucks
Vancouver Canucks Right Wing Brock Boeser (6) waits for a face-off during their NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena on January 25, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Mondays always suck, but this isn’t a terrible morning to be a Canucks fan.

Even after Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combined for 11 points against the lowly Ottawa Senators, Brock Boeser still managed to hang on for a tie of first overall in the NHL’s goal-scoring race.

This morning on the return of The Quickie podcast, I talk about why this year is really shaping up to be Boeser’s breakout year in the NHL. [Nucks Misconduct Podcast Network]

There’s another emerging piece on the Canucks offence that’s making a difference, and he did so again on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets
Bo Horvat #53, Nils Hoglander #36 and Tanner Pearson #70 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a first period goal against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on January 30, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

Nils Hoglander not only has fit in seamlessly with Bo Horvat in the Canucks top-six, but he’s also emerging as this creative, edgy sparkplug who’s already learning how to get rewarded by going to the greasy areas.

Sippin’ On a 40 host Kyle Bhawan talked about Hoglander’s emergence on the post-game show following Saturday night’s win against the Jets. [Nucks Misconduct Podcast Network]

  • In other Canucks news, Thatcher Demko wants to move on from discussion about his 2020 playoff performance. [CBC]
  • Travis Green called the Canucks win over the Jets the club’s “best of the season.” Don’t think there’s much argument there. [Sportsnet]

NHL News

  • Just to add to your delight on this Monday morning, known dirtbag Tony DeAngelo has been placed on waivers by the New York Rangers after getting into an altercation with teammate Alexander Georgiev following New York’s loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. [NY Post]

DeAngelo posted 53 points last season for the Rangers, but his poor defensive play, questionable social media antics and dreadful start to this season have all led to the end of his time with the Rangers.

He has one year left on his contract after this season with $4.8 million cap hit.

  • Dillon Dube will not be suspended after his headshot on Jesperi Kotkaniemi [Montreal Gazette]
  • In a wild 12 minutes on Saturday, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and McDavid all scored OT winners [NHL]