Brock Boeser only scored 16 goals this year
Brock Boeser used to be nothing but a pure NHL goal scorer. After a rookie campaign where he was an NHL All-Star, 2018 ASG MVP and Calder Trophy finalist, Boeser followed it up with another solid year which was capped off with a three-year extension worth an annual amount of $5.85 million dollars.
With a guarantee to millions of dollars, Boeser was welcomed back to Vancouver expected to fulfill his spot as the Canucks’ top goal scorer. Would this finally be the year Boeser surpasses the 30+ goal mark? Not quite. As a matter of fact, Boeser only potted 16 goals this year despite having one of his best seasons in regards to his overall game.
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Now his shot hasn’t been what it was during his electrifying rookie year, but it was never expected to dip below 20 goals annually. With a full offseason of training for the first time he was expected to find his shot once again, but obviously that didn’t happen. Boeser did put up 45 points in 57 games, but 16 goals from your highest-paid forward isn’t enough.
With the rise of J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes on the power play, Boeser went from being Petey’s trigger man, all the way to the unit’s fourth option. The highly coveted “Boeser spot” was forgotten about and BB6 failed to capture a power play goal after the month of November. Struggling to produce all while the team battles tightly for playoff positioning left Boeser’s one-timer to run cold.
His February injury left him sidelined for four weeks and the COVID-19 virus halted a finally healthy Boeser from playing the final 13 games of the year. It may have been enough time for Boeser to reach 20, but even then, Brock needs to be a 30 goal guy if this team is serious next season.