Besides trying to keep his parents safe, Brock Boeser has been focusing on a couple of important things while spending the National Hockey League shutdown at his lake house in Minnesota.

The Vancouver Canucks winger has been working on his kitchen game, and his shooting game – both at the house he shares with two high-school friends a short drive from the Boeser family home in Burnsville, just south of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

“I feel like I’ve cooked more the last month than I did all of last summer,” Boeser told Sportsnet.ca in a telephone interview this week. “One of my buddies is the grill-master. I like to make the breakfasts and the sides and salads. I’m perfecting my salad game. Lately, I’ve been doing spinach with some peppers and a little grated cheese, sometimes some onions just to mix it up.”

Boeser turned 23 in February. His cooking skills are still improving. So, too, he hopes is his shooting.

The 2018 Calder Trophy runner-up had only one game back from his latest injury when hockey closed due to the novel coronavirus on March 12. In that game, a 5-4 shootout win against the New York Islanders two nights earlier that moved the Canucks into a playoff spot based on winning percentage, Boeser had three shots on net but went pointless.