After scoring 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games, good for second place in Calder Trophy voting, Brock Boeser isn’t far away from getting paid.
The Canucks’ first-round pick from 2015 will be in need of a new contract after the 2018-19 season as he’s entering the final year of his three-year entry-level deal. According to Ben Kuzma of The Province, the Canucks and Boeser have started discussing a contract extension.
“We haven’t got down to talking term,” Benning said Tuesday. “We plan to circle back and I’m not sure where it’s going to go, but we want to see if we can get somewhere. There’s no time frame on it. “Brock is going to see the best matchup line and best defensive pair, but I don’t expect a drop-off. He has pushed himself hard to pick up where he left off and there are other contracts coming up in the league in the next six months that could drive up the price — I understand that part of it. But it has to make sense for everybody.”
The Canucks inked Bo Horvat to a six-year deal worth $5,500,000 annually prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. In that case, the Canucks allowed Horvat to play out the entirety of his entry-level deal before they ultimately agreed to that deal about a month before the season began. Horvat had played 231 games when that deal was signed.
Boeser, on the other hand, has only played just 71 games at the NHL level. Given his success in the NHL and NCAA before that, it seems likely that we know what Boeser is as a player. Still, handing out a long-term deal to a player with under 100 NHL games under his belt is a little risky. On the other hand, if Boeser goes and has a season even better than his rookie deal, he’s going to command even more money.
Similar players to Boeser who have signed post-ELC deals recently are Dylan Larkin who got a five-year deal worth $6,100,000 annually, Nik Ehlers who got a seven-year deal worth $6,000,000 annually, and David Pastrnak who got a six-year deal worth $6,666,666 annually.