It’s not true that the Vancouver Canucks do not have a 30- or 40-goal scorer in their lineup. Brock Boeser just hasn’t gotten there yet. This season or next, he will. The “Brocket’s” hat trick Saturday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins demonstrated again the special talent the 20-year-old rookie possesses around the net and how he looks destined to develop into the Canucks’ best pure finisher since Markus Naslund. Sure, Boeser’s triple against the Penguins more than doubled his season total for goals – to five in 10 games. But combined with the winger’s garbage-time audition with the Canucks at the end of last season, the Minnesotan has scored nine times in 19 National Hockey League games. Over 82 games, Boeser’s pace translates to a 39-goal season. It’s not just the numbers that impress, but the manner – on and off the ice. Boeser just expects to score. From the moment he first appeared at the Canucks’ summer prospects camp a couple of years ago, he has exuded that “it” factor – part confidence, part cockiness and the belief that nothing coming his way will overwhelm him.
Canucks have something special in young Brock Boeser
Sportsnet | Nov 5