Brock Boeser said he was "on a mission" during the pause following an up-and-down season and is looking forward to getting back on the ice with the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
"I was coming back on a mission. I really put in the work when I was home," the right wing said Tuesday. "I'm noticing a difference right now. I feel confident out there. The shot's feeling good."
Boeser missed 12 games late in the season because of a rib injury before returning to the lineup March 10, two days before the NHL season was paused due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. He finished the regular season with 16 goals in 57 games after scoring at least 26 in each of his previous two seasons, and shot an NHL career-worst 9.5 percent.
But he will have the opportunity to put that behind him when the Canucks (36-27-6, .565 points percentage), the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, play the No. 10 seed, the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, .558), beginning Aug. 2 in one of four best-of-5 series to be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the Western hub city.