By Jack Fenty
Not much has gone right for the Vancouver Canucks this NHL season. They are currently the fourth worst team in the standings as of today and are bound for a lottery pick in the 2018 entry level draft. But, one bright spot this season has been the play of the rookie Brock Boeser. Boeser was drafted by Vancouver in 2015 with the 23rd overall pick in the draft. Boeser has played 62 games this year and in that time has 29 goals and 26 assists for a total of 55 points. Very impressive for a rookie who is playing on a crappy team to put it nicely. With his success this season his name has been mentioned in the Calder Trophy Race, best rookie, just behind New York Islanders Mat Barzal. He also was the lone representative from the Canucks to participate in the all-star game. Boeser did not just “participate” he won MVP at the game. The kid can play that is for sure.
Now fast forward to last night’s game against the Islanders where things turned ugly for the rising star. Boeser tried to hit Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck; Boeser bounced off Clutterbuck’s shoulder and fell into the Canucks bench door which was half-open. The Vancouver crowd went dead silent as they looked on to see their rookie sensation sprawled out on the ice in excruciating pain. Obviously, no fan wants to see their best player go down and the same can be said for the management of the Canucks. Boeser got off the ice with the help of a trainer and players. Okay, so he somewhat skated off so maybe it’s not that bad? You thought wrong, after the game Boeser was carried out of the arena on a stretcher and was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation. This morning the team announced that Horvat would be sidelined with a small fracture in his lower back for 4-6 weeks. That timeline means Boeser will miss the last 16 games of his rookie season.
According to many sources this injury could have been a lot worse and ended the career of the 21-year-old star. Hopefully Boeser will not have any setbacks and will be fully healthy come the start of the season next year. Man, those people up in Vancouver cannot catch a break with this team.
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