You may have noticed that Brock Boeser wasn’t on the ice in either of the Vancouver Canucks’ split-squad preseason games against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
After hurting himself at practice on Saturday, September 24th — the third and final day of training camp in Whistler — Boeser underwent successful hand surgery, the Canucks announced late Monday morning.
Boeser’s expected return is in 3-4 weeks.
In a season hampered by off-ice turmoil with his father’s ailing health, Boeser still managed to put up 23 goals and 23 assists through 71 games last year.
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Boeser was eager to show what he can do on the ice with a clear mind this season, and the word around the Canucks’ locker room all through training camp was that his teammates felt he was due for a big season. At camp, Boeser told reporters that he feels that “this is the year” he finally reaches the 30-goal mark.
Starting the season on the injured reserve is certainly not what the American sniper had in mind.
More to come.