What looked like an ornate portrait to novice Nils Hoglander became a much bigger canvas for the Vancouver Canucks when they opened the 2020-21 NHL season with a 5-3 win over Edmonton on Wednesday Oilers

Hoglander, the barely 20-year-old rookie who blew everyone at training camp to make the Canucks, not only scored a goal on his debut, but made a handful of smarter, more confident games and seemed capable of too be able to continue the rise in the NHL world of highly gifted Vancouver prospects

But when the Canucks conquered the Oilers game in the third period, Brock Boeser hit two laser wrist shots. Quinn Hughes set one of the goals with a pass from behind the butt. Elias Pettersson jumped Boeser with a great cross-ice -Bank pass to the other, which was just as much about geometry and physics as it was about hockey. Both pieces were world world

Boeser finished runner-up in the Calder Trophy in 2018, a year before Pettersson won the Rookie Award last season, Hughes finished second in the Calder vote after Cale Makar when the Canucks became the first team in nearly 50 years to do so in three consecutive seasons landed a player in the top three in the rookie vote

And now you have Hoglander, who set up Bo Horvat’s opening goal for the Canucks before scoring his own goal late in the second half after a rebound from Tanner Pearson’s shot

Hoglander, who plays the second round earlier than expected, is unlikely to follow his teammates to the awards podium next summer but he looks like another part of one of the most talented groups of young players in the NHL Boeser is 23, Pettersson 22 and Hughes 21 And only because Horvat is only 25 years old

The Canucks are now trying to win and they proved they are a dangerous team at the Stanley Cup tournament last summer.But you could see on Wednesday why people on the West Coast are so excited about this team The Canucks only get better

BOESER’S BEST: Given that he’s considered the best finisher on the team, it’s amazing that Boeser has elapsed 367 days between regular season goals.The Minnesota winger last had a break on Jan. Hit Jan 11, 2020 when he flicked two in Buffalo.His last two months of the regular season were split between a fractured costal cartilage and a 12 game slump – by far the longest in his short career and of course there was a pandemic

Boeser scored four goals in 17 games in the playoffs in the Edmonton bubble last August, but burying two at the 2021 season opener, particularly with heavy, precise wrist shots, should be of tremendous importance to Boeser’s confidence

He spent the off-season fall working on his pace and shooting, and they both looked superior on Wednesday, Boeser had said he should score 30 a season in the NHL, we think he meant a season at 82 Play

FUN FACTS: Hoglander’s goal in his first NHL game matched what Pettersson and Boeser had scored on their Canucks debuts, and the Swede also played his first shift on the Edmonton street against Connor McDavid – just like Hughes in the past season

BO-DACIOUS: Horvat may want to buy a second home in Edmonton – not for anyone to actually do so – after adding to the 10 goals he scored in the playoffs at Rogers Place

Pettersson and Boeser are battling for the first two periods to offend without a COVID quarantine linemate J. Miller, the Horvat-Hoglander-Pearson line was the best on the ice – an impressive feat when the Oilers kick McDavid and Leon Draisaitl out in consecutive shifts

Even attempts to shoot were 18-6 for Horvat’s line The shots were 11-2 and the proportion of expected goals from the line was 828 percent These numbers get really staggering when you consider that more than two-thirds of Horvat’s five-on-one Five Ice Age against McDavid were

ANOTHER DEBUT: Goalkeeper Braden Holtby, who lost to the dazzling offensive performances of the Canucks’ young stars over the past 10 years and 468 NHL games at the Washington Capitals, made a strong debut for Vancouver

Holtby stopped 28 of 31 shots, had no big chance on any Edmonton goal and outplayed Koskinen when it came to big saves He made direct stops against Kailer Yamamoto and Alex Chiasson as the Oilers late in the third period urged

But as impressive as the saves were, the more Holtby looked: balanced, controlled, confident Canucks goalkeeping guru Ian Clark worked with Holtby to keep the goalkeeper’s weight more on his skates and that Improve balance and movement when he stops pucks In Game 1 it looked like it was going to work

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