Canucks: Brock Boeser thinks he can be a consistent 30-goal scorer


Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser hasn’t hit the 30-goal mark yet, but he believes he can do it on a consistent basis.

If it weren’t for injuries, Vancouver Canucks sniper Brock Boeser would have been a multi-time 30-goal scorer by now.

Boeser tallied 29 goals and 55 points in his impressive 2017-18 rookie season despite missing 20 games. A scary back injury cut his campaign short, otherwise Boeser would have made a serious push for 35-plus goals.

He got oh-so-close to the 30-goal mark in his 2018-19 sophomore year, recording 26 goals and a career-best 56 points. Boeser missed 13 games, however, preventing him once again from reaching three-zero.

Boeser had 16 goals and 45 points in 57 games this season, but he suffered a rib injury that kept him out of action for a month. The 2019-20 season is on pause, but if it resumes, you know Boeser will hit 20 for the third consecutive year.

If the 23-year-old can stay healthy on a consistent basis, there’s good reason to believe that he’ll give this Vancouver team a reliable 30-goal man. Boeser emphasized his confidence in becoming that player during an interview with Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre.

“Statistically, this was one of my best years and then I had a little slide there,” Boeser said. “I know I can be a lot better in this league. I personally feel I can be a consistent scorer of 30, 35-plus every year and be that guy they can go to during the season.”

Playing alongside rising superstar centre Elias Pettersson and veteran J.T. Miller (a career-high 72 points this season) will help Boeser maximize his production over the long run. These three have enjoyed phenomenal chemistry together, giving Vancouver its best line since the prime years of the Sedin twins and Alex Burrows.

The Canucks currently rank eighth in team offence (228 goals for), with four players hitting the 20-goal mark (Jake Virtanen was at 18). So just imagine how much more dangerous they’ll be up front if Boeser continues to progress as a goal-scorer.

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Before the start of the 2019-20 season, Boeser signed a three-year bridge deal worth $17.625 million. If Boeser can finally morph into that capable 30-goal winger, he’ll set himself up nicely for a lucrative long-term deal.