Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser may be out the remainder of the season due to a back injury he suffered Monday.
The Canucks announced the injury Tuesday.
Boeser left the ice on a stretcher during Monday’s contest against the New York Islanders. He was helped off the ice after falling through an open gate at the bench. He was trying to make contact with New York forward Cal Clutterbuck and seemed to hit his lower back on the edge of the gate after his opponent sent him flying.
The Canucks said Boeser was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury and a “non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the traverse process” in the lower back.
Recovery is expected to take four to six weeks.
This is a painful end to what’s been an excellent rookie campaign for the 21-year-old.
Boeser has 29 goals and 26 assists in 62 games for Vancouver this season and has been a bright spot for the Canucks. He has 10 goals on the power play.
On February 28 against the New York Rangers, Boeser had two goals and six shots on goal in almost 23 minutes of ice time. He’s been a beast, capable of flashes of brilliant play and boasting one of the most wicked releases in the game.
Boeser leads the Canucks in goals and his offensive production will definitely be missed. He’s second in rookie scoring overall behind Mathew Barzal and this injury will impact the Calder Trophy race, which has to sting.
The Canucks will likely turn to Brendan Leipsic in Boeser’s absence. He was acquired from Vegas on February 28 and has five points and a dozen shots on goals since the trade, so his new digs are doing him some serious favours.
Vancouver has a record of 25-2-9 this season and is 18 points out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.