Canucks scratch Boeser; Virtanen to play against Oilers

Vancouver Canucks analyst Corey Hirsch joins Irfaan Gaffar to get us set for Saturday’s season opener, where expectations are low, and fans should be excited to see the development of their young players

Rookie forward Brock Boeser will be a healthy scratch in the Vancouver Canucks‘ season opener against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Jake Virtanen, the team’s first-round pick in 2014, will play.

Boeser had a strong pre-season and had many fans anticipating a big year for the 20-year-old.

He had four goals and one assist in a nine-game stint with Vancouver at the end of last season.

Virtanen also impressed in exhibition play, and is looking to take a step forward after scoring just nine goals and 19 points in 65 AHL games last season.