Confident? Brave? Not a good idea? When Canucks winger Brock Boeser suggested he’d get thirty goals this season, I grimaced a little bit. Not because I don’t believe he can do it, nor that VHN wouldn’t love to see it, it’s just because it’s one of those things you know he’s gonna hear about later, especially if he enters into one of those somewhat inevitable shooter slumps.
“Do you regret saying that this was the year you’d get thirty,” will be one likely phraseology. “Ha! Boeser said he’d get thirty” will be the social media alarms.
The concept of hitting the thirty mark for the first time in what will be his 6th full NHL season came up during Thursday’s media session at training camp following the first group’s skate.
“Is this the year?” he was asked.
“This is the year. That’s all I gotta say, this is the year.” Boeser repeated.
What the hell. Why not? Dude’s had a tough go.
Boeser lost his father this summer not long after the season ended; dad Duke succumbing to long-time illness, a situation that weighed heavily on the Minnesota native particularly towards the end of the Canucks 2021-’22 campaign.
“Obviously with my dad’s passing there’s not as much to worry about,” Boeser said, “so I can really focus on hockey. My mom is going to be able to travel and see me play in a lot of places and come out here and that’s really exciting for me just seeing her a lot. And just being able to focus on the game now and help our team win is really exciting for me.”
Toss in the fact he’s healthy, the fact that he signed a three-year contract extension this summer for $6.65-million per season, and the fact at age-25 Boeser should be entering his prime, and he has every right to be confident. Oh, and apparently no more Covid disruptions.
His previous single season high for goals is 29, coming in his rookie season, 2017-’18. He’s also had a season of 26 and two more of 23, including last season.
Boeser wore a t-shirt with the Canucks adopted slogan on it, “Unfinished Business”.
“1,000 percent,” Boeser stated, “We set that bar last year when Bruce came in and now our focus is to take it week-by-week and our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs. Unfortunately we ran out of time but we’re picking up where we left off and we all know we need to make the playoffs this year, there’s no excuses.”
Maybe Boeser’s quest will work hand-in-hand in reaching the team’s.