When the Vancouver Canucks visit the District tonight they bring with them a strong nucleus of young players in Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen and seasoned vets Henrik and Daniel Sedin. But it’s Calder trophy favorite (with Charlie McAvoy) Brock Boeser that the Caps should be concerned about.
The 6’1″ 190 lb. winger was taken in the 1st round of the 2015 draft (23rd) and is already considered one of the Canucks best players, if not the best right now. He has scored an incredible 22 goals and added 18 assists for 40 points in only 39 games! He did play a few games last year and when you combine the two, he has scored now 26 goals in his first 48 games as an NHL’er. Some guy we know here that wears number 8 had 36 on his 50th game. Boeser is in some good company. He can shoot the biscuit.
Just in case you say nobody could have predicted how good Boeser would be, I have someone close to our hearts that would say otherwise. Capitals winger TJ Oshie,who is part of the University of North Dakota alumni with Boeser, says he is not surprised at all with the hard working former Fighting Hawk.
The two trained together last summer and Boeser is quick to note the help that Oshie provided. For the record, in my opinion you can’t find better guy than TJ to model your conditioning,athleticism and approach to the game.
Boeser is scoring from everywhere which means…he’s got a shot that can beat a goalie straight up. Of his 22 goals this year (tied for 5th in the NHL), only 6 have come on gravy time with the PP. He is driving his own success and making those around him better. The clear sign of a great player. Time will tell if he wins the Calder or not, and I still think it’s Charlie McAvoy but what is not in question is the need for the Capitals to pay close attention to number 6. With only 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 4 games you know he is looking to bust out again.
Go Caps Go