4. Who do you believe will lead the Canucks in scoring, and why?
If we mean leading by goals scored, I will go with Brock Boeser. He is going to join the 30-goal club barring any injuries. Right now, he is our best goal scorer and if Elias Pettersson feeding him pucks on the power play, Boeser is going to light it up.
I do hope head coach Travis Green tries an even strength line with Pettersson playing centre for Boeser. Those two could do some damage if they can find some instant chemistry.
Tough call here. Horvat, Pettersson and Boeser all stand good chances at leading the team. But since I believe Boeser will get around 40 goals, it’s only fair to believe he’ll lead the Canucks with 70-plus points.
Horvat’s ceiling is probably around 60 points, and it’s anybody’s guess how Pettersson will fare in his rookie season. Boeser missed 20 games last year and yet tied Daniel Sedin for the team lead with 55 points. Imagine what Boeser can do if he plays 70-plus games.
It will be close between Boeser and Horvat, but I’ll give the former the edge here.
Elias Pettersson. Boeser will be the leading goal scorer, but Elias Pettersson’s play making ability will help him rack up points, especially on the power play.
I am confident that Brock Boeser will lead this team in scoring. He has came into this season with more muscle mass in order to stay healthy, and thus play a full season with this team.
If his rookie season was any indication of what the future hold for Boeser is, then we are in for a nice surprise. Right now, it looks to me that Boeser is trying to figure his body out a bit. He may be squeezing the stick a bit too hard but as we saw last season, once Boeser gets going on the power play, he is a force to be reckoned with.
I’m going to be bold here and say that I think it’s going to be Pettersson. He was so dynamic in the preseason, he seems to have such good hockey instincts, he doesn’t seem the least bit fazed by the adaptation to the NHL game. He really impressed me and I think that even on a team as bad as the Canucks he is going to put points on the board.