One of the best storylines around the Vancouver Canucks this year was Brock Boeser.
The first-round pick from 2015 was a revelation in its first full season in the NHL, scoring 55 points in 62 games after being scratched for the first two games this year.
Boeser’s highlight reel will be played all season and his rookie-leading 29 goals will be a massive part of that. The Burnsville, Minnesota’s release had the rest of the league watching what was a torrid race for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year).
Canucks fans had to watch the frontrunner and rookie points leader Mathew Barzal put up two assists in last night’s game against the New York Islanders. They also had to watch as Islanders veteran Cal Clutterbuck threw Boeser into the boards in the waning minutes of the third period.
It looked bad at the time, and, while it doesn’t appear to be career threatening, it looks like it'll be enough to end his campaign.
Boeser was diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury and a small fracture in his lower back. He’s expected to make a full recovery in four to six weeks.
It’s yet another injury for Vancouver this year, and those that ended the seasons of Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund, Loui Eriksson and Derek Dorsett were hard to take, yes. But this is another level entirely. Boeser had become much of the reason and attraction to watch Canucks games.
If Jake Virtanen can keep up the strong play he showed hints of last night on the top line, then the season might not be completely lost.
But still, it’s hard to take for a fanbase that has gone through a lot this year only to lose the one thing that had been an unmitigated positive for the team.
See you next year, Brock. We can’t wait.