After going 9-15-2 through 26 games under coach Travis Green to start the 2021/22 season, the Vancouver Canucks have gone 20-8-4 since Bruce Boudreau took over. That gives them the ninth-best record in the entire NHL over that same period of time, and that’s allowed them to rise from the dregs of the Pacific Division into genuine playoff contention.
It’s not just the team as a whole that’s performing dramatically better under Boudreau’s guidance. Most, if not all, individual players also seem to have a lot more to give for their new coach than they did for the old one.
Which is why all those in the Canucks fanbase and mediasphere can’t help but wonder what the 2021/22 season could have looked like if Boudreau were at the helm for the entirety of it.
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Which is also what we’re here to figure out today.
We’ll begin with a caveat, because this is far more of a thought experiment than any sort of true scientific measure. We’re just going to take each notable skater’s production pace since Boudreau took over, and extrapolate it over 82 games.
Obviously, in any real season, it wouldn’t be quite so simple. Some players’ production will drop off, injuries and illnesses will occur, and nothing ever works out the way it is mathematically projected to. Some players, like Brock Boeser and Tyler Motte, couldn’t have played a full 82-game schedule, and we’ve got more than a full roster’s worth listed, but you’re just going to have to ignore all that.
We’re also leaving the goalies out of this, because this was enough math for one night.
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Think of this as a fun, not-entirely-accurate, purely-hypothetical glimpse of what might have been if it were “Bruce, There It Was!” in addition to being “Bruce, There It Is!”
We’re heading into the Boudreau-Verse.

Brock Boeser

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
22
4
6
10
82-Game Green Pace
82
15
22
37
Under Boudreau
31
13
11
24
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
34
29
63
Under Boudreau, Boeser is scoring goals at a rate just shy of his torrid rookie pace. At this rate of production, he looks worthy of a contract in the range of that qualifying offer — which looked pretty daunting a few months ago.
Boudreau has brought out the sniper in Boeser again, and restored his value as a genuine top line winger.

Kyle Burroughs

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
21
1
1
2
82-Game Green Pace
82
4
4
8
Under Boudreau
15
0
3
3
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
0
16
16
We can’t really make too much of Burroughs’ smallish sample size here, but it probably suffices to say that he gave Boudreau no reason not to trust him in the lineup before going down with an injury. Both Green and Boudreau gave Burroughs about the same amount of opportunity, so clearly he’s doing something right.
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Alex Chiasson

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
20
3
3
6
82-Game Green Pace
82
12
12
24
Under Boudreau
26
3
2
5
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
10
7
17
Chiasson has received a fair bit less opportunity from Boudreau as he did from Green, and his rate of scoring has ticked down a notch, too. Laying the numbers out like this makes it rather obvious that Chiasson doesn’t have much business in the top-six or on the power play, and it’s definitely a positive that Boudreau seems to mostly feel the same way.

Jason Dickinson

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
23
1
2
3
82-Game Green Pace
82
3
7
10
Under Boudreau
26
2
1
3
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
7
3
10
Whether under Green or under Boudreau, Dickinson has an equally miniscule amount of offense to offer. No other Canuck has had a more miserable season, and the coaching change has had little, if any, positive impact on Dickinson’s performance.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
2
3
5
82-Game Green Pace
82
7
10
17
Under Boudreau
31
2
10
12
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
5
26
31
The days of OEL potting 50 points from the blueline are almost certainly over. But with Boudreau behind the bench, Ekman-Larsson is once again putting up respectable numbers for a top-four defenseman. This production is still way out of line with Ekman-Larsson’s salary, but combined with his strong defensive play, it does make it more palatable.
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Conor Garland

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
7
11
18
82-Game Green Pace
82
23
36
59
Under Boudreau
29
7
6
13
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
20
17
37
Garland is one player that has taken a noticeable step back under Boudreau. Part of this is slightly reduced opportunity, as well as a continued lack of a shot on the power play. But Garland’s performance is also a factor. He needs a hot streak to get his numbers back on track, and he might just get one soon, as he’s still generating chances on a nightly basis.

Travis Hamonic       

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
7
0
1
1
82-Game Green Pace
82
0
11
11
Under Boudreau
13
3
3
6
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
19
19
38
Hamonic has quietly returned to Boudreau’s lineup and put up some rather sturdy play. His offensive pace is probably out of whack due to the sample size, but it stands as evidence as to how involved Hamonic is in the play — more reminiscent of his time on Long Island than his performance in recent years. He’s looking fine as Hughes’ partner for now.
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Matthew Highmore 

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
8
0
2
2
82-Game Green Pace
82
0
21
21
Under Boudreau
24
3
4
7
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
11
14
25
Highmore barely played under Green this season, and his success on the fourth line under Boudreau is well-documented. This sort of production pace is just excellent for a player as far down the depth chart as Highmore, and that will be especially true if they can get him signed to an extension somewhere in the range of $1 million.

Nils Höglander

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
5
5
10
82-Game Green Pace
82
16
16
32
Under Boudreau
33
4
3
7
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
10
7
17
If there’s one player who has struggled to jive with the Boudreau system, it’s Höglander. Boudreau has gone as far as to criticize the young winger publicly, and Höglander has endured a couple of nasty skids under Boudreau’s critical eye. Höglander was having a bit of a down season under Green, but now it’s a full-on sophomore slump.

Bo Horvat

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
7
6
13
82-Game Green Pace
82
23
20
43
Under Boudreau
29
13
11
24
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
37
31
68
Horvat wasn’t having a bad season for Green — especially not given the context of his defensive responsibilities — but it was well below his own standard. Since Boudreau took over, Horvat is scoring goals as frequently as he ever has and clipping near a 40-goal pace, with several of those goals being of the clutch variety. A full season like this would constitute a career year across the board for the Canucks captain, who is stepping up right when his team needs him to most.
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Quinn Hughes

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
24
2
18
20
82-Game Green Pace
82
7
62
69
Under Boudreau
31
3
25
28
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
8
66
74
Hughes was having a great bounceback season under Green, and it’s only gotten better under Boudreau. Hughes is still on pace to break the Canucks’ single season scoring record for a defender, and he’s within the top-ten in leaguewide blueline scoring. Since Boudreau was hired, only four other NHL defenders have scored more points than Hughes.

Brad Hunt

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
4
0
1
1
82-Game Green Pace
82
0
21
21
Under Boudreau
24
1
8
9
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
3
27
30
Boudreau arrived with a reputation as a veteran-friendly coach, and that’s obviously worked wonders for the journeyman Hunt. Anytime Hunt hit the ice for Green, he struggled, but Hunt has carved out a regular role in the lineup for Boudreau, and is putting up some of the best numbers of his well-traveled career, albeit in a sheltered role.

Juho Lammikko

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
20
0
1
1
82-Game Green Pace
82
0
4
4
Under Boudreau
32
6
5
11
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
16
13
29
Lammikko looked lost on the ice during the early stages of the season, but he’s fully blossomed under the guidance of Boudreau. Lammikko has been the centerpiece of the Canucks’ famed energy line, and in addition to all that forechecking and turnover-forcing, he’s been putting up what would constitute strong production for a third line center. Few, if any, other players have responded as well to the coaching change.
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JT Miller

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
8
15
23
82-Game Green Pace
82
26
49
75
Under Boudreau
32
15
31
46
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
39
80
119
Unlike most Canucks, Miller was having a good season under Green. Since Boudreau took over, however, it’s been something else entirely. He’s scoring goals at a nearly 40-goal clip, and he’s potting nearly an assist-a-game. Had Miller played at his Boudreau pace for an entire 82-game season, he’d beat Henrik Sedin’s single season scoring record of 112 points. Before Boudreau, Miller was in the running for Team MVP. Post-Boudreau, Miller has been playing like a Hart Trophy candidate.

Tyler Motte

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
10
2
1
3
82-Game Green Pace
82
16
8
24
Under Boudreau
34
5
6
11
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
12
15
27
Motte, like Highmore and Lammikko, has earned heaps of praise for his performance as part of the Canucks’ hard-skating fourth line. The only real difference between he and his linemates is that Motte was already scoring at a rate like this for a while before the unit came together. His production has seen a minor uptick under Boudreau, but really Motte is the same ol’ Motte he’s been for the past few seasons — and that’s a good thing.
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Tyler Myers

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
0
6
6
82-Game Green Pace
82
0
20
20
Under Boudreau
34
1
7
8
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
2
17
19
Myers has undoubtedly played better for Boudreau than he did for Green this season, and he’s performing admirably as a top-four defender in a semi-shutdown role. But the offense still isn’t coming for the once-potent giant. If Myers could figure out how to add a little more scoring to his game, it would go a long way toward making the Canucks a more dangerous team, because he’s pulling down some huge minutes.

Tanner Pearson

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
4
4
8
82-Game Green Pace
82
13
13
26
Under Boudreau
30
8
12
20
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
22
33
55
Pearson hasn’t earned a lot of press for his performance in the Boudreau Era, but that’s probably due to his reserved professionalism. The reality is that Pearson has been scoring at a career pace since Boudreau took over, and doing the bulk of it at even-strength, to boot. Folks keep waiting for the bottom to fall out on Pearson, and it just doesn’t seem to be happening. Maybe he’ll make that contract extension worthwhile, after all.
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Elias Pettersson

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
25
4
8
12
82-Game Green Pace
82
13
26
39
Under Boudreau
34
14
16
30
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
34
39
73
The word is out. Pettersson is back, and Boudreau’s the one who brought him back. While a full recovery from his wrist injury is partly to credit for Pettersson returning to his scoring rate of seasons past, he’s also very clearly responded well to Boudreau’s coaching style. The 73 points he’s paced for under Boudreau would be a career high, and he’s at right about the same pace as his vaunted rookie season.

Vasily Podkolzin

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
23
5
1
6
82-Game Green Pace
82
18
3
21
Under Boudreau
33
5
5
10
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
12
12
24
Podkolzin continues to figure it out at the NHL level. One gets the feeling that the points are eventually going to come for him, but it might not be this season, despite Podkolzin and Boudreau continuing to become more comfortable with one another. Podkolzin looks more confident and creative on the ice all the time, and that will be key to his production increasing over time.
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Tucker Poolman

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
22
1
2
3
82-Game Green Pace
82
4
7
11
Under Boudreau
17
0
0
0
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
0
0
0
Poolman did seem to play marginally better in his own end under Boudreau’s watch. He didn’t put up any offense whatsoever, but then that’s not really his bag, either. Poolman hasn’t been in the lineup enough to judge whether or not the Boudreau Effect can salvage his season.

Luke Schenn

 
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Under Green
11
1
4
5
82-Game Green Pace
82
7
30
37
Under Boudreau
32
2
4
6
82-Game Boudreau Pace
82
5
11
16
Schenn has cooled off a fair bit from what was obviously an unsustainably hot start. But he continues to be rock-solid on the blueline for Boudreau, and even continues to pop in a little more offense than he reasonably should. No coach has any room for complaints when it comes to Schenn.