Canucks numbers: Brock Boeser's chase for 30 is on

One other have a look at Brock Boeser’s four-goal effort on opening evening

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From the second Brock Boeser arrived in Vancouver, the usual was set: when would he hit 30 targets?

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Up to now, he hasn’t.

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Final yr, he vowed he would. Then issues, as they all the time appear to for the likeable winger, didn’t go to plan. He broke his hand a day after declaring that this was the yr to attain 30.

His damage was sluggish to heal. He didn’t rating his first purpose for 12 video games.

He was almost a wholesome scratch on Hockey Fights Most cancers evening. He basically requested for a commerce.

Then the brand new yr got here, the crew obtained a brand new coach and he lastly began to seek out his groove once more. He nonetheless didn’t rating a ton of targets, however good issues have been taking place when he was on the ice.

He ended the season with a career-high in assists, though he basically posted the lowest-scoring season for targets in his profession.

This season, he hasn’t set a goal for himself publicly. He mentioned earlier than coaching camp his solely goal was to show himself day by day to his teammates, to the followers, to the media.

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However it’s important to consider 30 is at the back of his thoughts.

And after 4 targets in Wednesday evening’s 8-1 season-opening win for his Vancouver Canucks over the Edmonton Oilers, how might the goal not be?

He solely wants 26 targets now — over 81 video games, that’s nearly one purpose each three video games.

With that concentrate on in thoughts, right here’s a have a look at some Boeser numbers:

Brock Boeser celebrates after scoring his second goal during the second period on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena
Brock Boeser celebrates after scoring his second purpose in the course of the second interval on Wednesday evening at Rogers Area Picture by Derek Cain /Getty Pictures


Over the course of his profession, Boeser has scored 143 targets in 399 profession video games.

That’s 0.36 targets per recreation … roughly a tempo of 1 purpose each three video games.

Precisely the speed he wants to attain at over the remainder of the season to get to 30 targets on the season.

It’s very, very doable.


Based on the NHL’s database, 83 of Boeser’s profession targets have been scored utilizing wrist pictures.

Two of his targets on Wednesday have been scored on this method.

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The primary got here after some laborious forechecking by linemates Phil Di Giuseppe and J.T. Miller, who discovered his proper winger close to the left faceoff dot. Boeser then wired a tough wrist shot simply inside the correct put up, previous a considerably stunned-looking Oilers goalie Jack Campbell.

Boeser obtained all of the flex in his stick, producing energy by driving his legs previous the puck after which whipping the stick and puck ahead.

His fourth purpose was technically a wrist shot as properly, however it was a tap-in of a rebound, choosing up unfastened change across the Oilers’ crease after  Stuart Skinner, who got here into the Edmonton web in aid of Campbell, spilled Quinn Hughes’ shot from the aspect boards proper in entrance of Boeser, who tapped in for a straightforward purpose.


Boeser’s second purpose was him knocking the puck out of the air and into the Oilers’ web.

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The NHL has, well, added a brand new class of shot this yr: “Bat.”

In different phrases, when a participant scores by doing precisely what Boeser did.

Earlier than this season, they didn’t have this class, though we’ve seen him do it earlier than. Wednesday evening was the primary time he did so in official phrases.

Brock Boeser celebrates after scoring his third goal on Jack Campbell
Brock Boeser celebrates after scoring his third purpose on Jack Campbell Picture by Derek Cain /Getty Pictures


Over his profession, Boeser has scored simply six occasions by deflecting the puck.

The NHL calls any credit score or shot that comes off a participant’s physique a deflection, whereas a shot or purpose that occurs as a result of the participant redirected the puck with their stick is termed a tip.

Boeser’s hattrick purpose, an Elias Pettersson go try that deflected off Boeser’s proper foot wholly unintentionally, was a working example.

Boeser has 10 targets off ideas in his profession.


Wednesday was the fourth hattrick of Boeser’s profession, however the first in 4 years.

He final tallied three targets in a recreation Oct. 30, 2019 in Los Angeles versus the Kings.

He was 22 on the time and solely Pavel Bure (5) and Tony Tanti (4) had recored extra hattricks earlier than the age of 23 for the Canucks than Boeser.

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9 NHLers had scored 4 targets of their crew’s season-opening recreation earlier than Boeser.

Remarkably, two of these 9 have been additionally Canucks: Greg Adams in his first recreation as a Canuck has 4 targets towards the St. Louis Blues — the Canucks gained 8-2 — on Oct. 8, 1987.

And Rick Blight scored 4 targets for Vancouver in a 9-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 6, 1976.

Blight’s feat was the primary time in 54 years somebody had scored 4 occasions of their crew’s opening recreation of the season: the earlier participant earlier than him was Babe Dye for the Toronto St. Patricks, Dec. 16, 1922.

Three gamers scored 4 targets on the NHL’s very first day of motion full-stop, Dec. 19, 1917: Harry Hyland had 4 targets for the Montreal Wanderers, who beat the Toronto Arenas 10-9; the Arenas obtained 4 targets from Reg Noble.

The third to attain 4 on the NHL’s inaugural day was Phantom Joe Malone, who led the Montreal Canadiens to a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators.

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