NHL: After A Dominant All-Star Weekend, Brock Boeser Is The Calder Frontrunner
Let’s stop debating, Brock Boeser is the NHL Calder Trophy winner. He might not be the leading scorer among rookies, but that doesn’t matter. Boeser is a generational talent, that nobody really saw coming.
Yes, Boeser was a first-round pick in 2015. But at pick 23, a lot of teams passed on him. The Vancouver Canucks were smart enough to take a shot at the Minnesota native. It’s especially rewarding for them, as they are in the middle of a rebuild. Acquiring talent like this definitely speeds up the process.
I guess Boeser’s success should have been seen long before his NHL debut. He was a standout at the University of North Dakota. During the 2015-16 season, Boeser led Division 1 in goals and points. All that slowed him down was an injury during the 2016-17 season which cost him 2 months.
Boeser has already etched his name on the Canucks and NHL record books. He’s the first Vancouver player to score a hat trick at 20 years or younger since 1990. In addition, he was the third youngest to accomplish the feat in team history. He’s been Rookie of the Month twice (November and December), and NHL All-Star, and All-Star game MVP.
The only real test Boeser faces for Calder Trophy honors is Matthew Barzal. The 20-year-old for the New York Islanders leads all rookies in points with 56. He’s at the top of the mountain right now when it comes to first-year players. Although, Boeser leads in goals with 24 ( Barzal only has 16).
The Calder belong to Boeser if he can reach the 35-40 goal plateau. For a rookie, that’s an incredible mark. He’s shown an ability to score. Boeser is also quite accurate with the puck. He won the accuracy contest at the All-Star skills competition, shooting all 5 targets in just 8 shots. This included a shot fired so hard it broke one of the targets.
The last Canuck to win the Calder was Pavel Bure during the 1991-92 season. Brock Boeser might be the first in over 25 years to take home the title. He might not have the overall points lead, but his All-Star game heroics and lead in goals will be a determining factor in him winning the trophy.
Brock Boeser really is that good. He’s a generational talent. And whether the NHL fanbase realizes that or not, it doesn’t matter.Follow @DGentleman9288