We are a little over a quarter into the season and The Vancouver Canucks currently hold the final wild-card spot with 30 points in 27 games. Some may say the start was expected and others may say Vancouver is exceeding expectations but one thing is certain, Brock Boeser has stood out.
Rookie forward Brock Boeser has 25 points in 24 games and was named NHL rookie of the month for November. Boeser led all NHL players with 11 goals in 15 games and became the second rookie in Canucks history to register double-digits in goals in one month, joining Pavel Bure. The 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft added goals in four straight games and currently leads all rookies with 13 goals and 25 points in 23 games this season. He also became the third-youngest player in franchise history to notch a hat trick. He scored 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in two games against Sidney Crosby’s line and the Canucks swept the defending champions.
Daniel Sedin earned his 1,000th career point on November 30th versus the Nashville Predators, becoming the 87th player all-time to reach the milestone. He also became the second player in Canucks franchise history to reach 1,000 points joining his brother. Throughout his career, Daniel has recorded 376 goals and 625 assists. He ranks first all-time in franchise history in goals, even strength goals (245), power play goals (131), game-winning goals (82) and shots on goal (3,337).
Bo Horvat is second on the team in points (19) behind Boeser. Loui Eriksson has only played in half of Vancouver’s games but has been on a hot streak lately, earning four points in the last five games. He also holds the best + / – amongst all forwards with a +5. Sven Baertschi has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) which is already half of his point total from last season.
The Vancouver Canucks are currently one of the best defensive teams in the league ranking ninth in goals against per game. In contrast, the Canucks are lacking in offense ranking 23rd in goals for per game. The Canucks rank 13th on the power play, 17th on killing the power play and 19th on faceoff win percentage.
Vancouver currently stands as a mid-tier team. For a franchise that is rebuilding, this is a promising start but there is still a lot of hockey to be played. At the All-Star break last season, the Canucks were a playoff team and then look what happened to them. But Brock Boeser wasn’t on the front line last year.