Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser didn’t shy away from the NHL spotlight over the weekend, winning the shooting accuracy contest in Saturday’s skills competition and following it up with MVP honours as he helped Team Pacific win Sunday’s three-on-three all-star tournament.
In addition to a new car and a pretty hefty paycheque, Boeser returns home from the weekend in Tampa with some valuable experience. That’s what head coach Travis Green believes is the best takeaway for the 20-year-old Canucks forward.
“I think just rubbing shoulders with people that are the elite of the elite, you’re going to benefit from it,” Canucks head coach Travis Green said during a Sportsnet 650 radio interview on Tuesday. “Guys that have won Stanley Cups, seeing how they act, seeing how they interact with each other and even with fans. There’s a lot of good things he’ll take out of that weekend.”
Those who followed Boeser’s college career expected the young forward to be talented, but his fast success — he has a team-best 24 goals and 43 points so far this year and will surely be a top Calder candidate — is a pleasant surprise for many Canucks fans.
“In the beginning of the year I think we were all a little bit surprised,” Green said. “Now it’s just a matter of us pushing him to make sure that he continues down this path and becomes that player that we all want him to be.”
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