Hours after North Dakota’s heart-breaking overtime loss to Boston University in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, sophomore forward Brock Boeser has signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks, and will skate with them this afternoon when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild.
Boeser was a first round draft choice of the Canucks in the 2015 NHL Draft going 23rd overall.
Boeser was an elite forward over his two years in Grand Forks. As a rookie, he tallied a 27-33-60 scoring line in 42 games while helping North Dakota to a national championship. In his sophomore season, he was slowed a bit by a nagging wrist injury that eventually required minor surgery, and a less dynamic supporting cast at North Dakota, but still managed to top a point-per-game with a 16-18-34 line in 32 games.
We ranked Boeser as the ninth-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this season. He’s a strong forward with elite shooting ability. His skating is a bit iffy in open ice, but he is fantastic in tight spaces, which makes him very difficult to contain coming off the wall.
For further reading, much of this scouting report from Boeser’s freshman season still holds today.