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Bure vs Boeser

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  1. 1. Who had the better rookie season?

    • Pavel Bure (1991-92)
      86
    • Brock Boeser (2017-18)
      21
    • Tie/Can't decide
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When Boeser began his rookie season, it became clear that he was on pace to challenge Bure as the best Canuck rookie of all-time. Still, he had to be consistent. And he was. He kept scoring and scoring. Unfortunately for many of us, Boeser suffered injuries just before he could catch Bure in the rookie records. Bure finished with 34 goals in 1991-92 to Boeser's 29 and Bure (and Hlinka) had 60 points to Boeser's 55. Bure wins this time.

 

But did he? Although Bure appears to top Boeser in most statistics for their rookie seasons, there are several factors to consider here. I made a table to lay some of them out (this is obviously not all that you can consider, but it's something):

 

BureVsBoeser.png

 

I want to make it EXTREMELY CLEAR, that I am not comparing Bure later on in his career to 29-goal Boeser. This is NOT a comparison of 60- or 50-goal Bure to Boeser, but strictly a comparison of their rookie seasons. There's no question that Bure went on to a be a superstar in his heyday, and Boeser has yet to do that. The focus of this comparison is on their rookie campaigns.

 

In the end, I see that Boeser and Bure were very close in all their primary offensive statistics and taking that into account along with the difference in scoring for their respective eras, I'd personally put Boeser's rookie season ahead of Bure's. Still, there are other factors that don't show up as clearly on the stat sheet. How were they defensively? How much were they carried by their teammates? How much did they carry the team themselves and make things happen? Many of these questions are hard for me to answer, as I wasn't around back in 1991-92 to witness Bure's great rookie season. All that said, my vote still goes to Boeser's rookie season, but it's not by a long shot; Boeser's rookie year only barely edges out Bure's 1991-92 season in my estimation. We can only hope Boeser's sophomore year is as good as Bure's.

 

I brought this up briefly in the Boeser player thread a while back, but I wanted to see what the larger audience of CDC thought about it.

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Hard to tell just from the numbers, and I didn't get to see Bure play that year so I can't really tell how great he was. How old was Bure at this point of his career? That'll be my tiebreaker. Lol.

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6 minutes ago, N7Nucks said:

Hard to tell just from the numbers, and I didn't get to see Bure play that year so I can't really tell how great he was. How old was Bure at this point of his career? That'll be my tiebreaker. Lol.

He was 20

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1 minute ago, Rick Blight said:

He was 20

Bout the same age, doesn't really help. I'll leave this debate to the more seasoned fans that got to see both players. Lol. The fact that Boeser's rookie season is being compared to Bure's is pretty sweat though.

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Bure also played on a much, much better team. The '91-'92 Canucks went wire-to-wire in first place and finished 4th overall. 

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I voted Bure. 

The stats comparison is good to see and I'm really happy we have Brock. He has an amazing character and an elite shot.

 

Bure was a far more exciting though. More flash, a lot more dash. Yes, he was very selfish and not as hockey smart, but he was (for lack of a better word) electrifying. Jaw dropping skill

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Brock is a god send and a lot of fun to watch, and I'm taking nothing away for him, but Bure electrified the rink and changed things entirely here. 

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The big difference is the entertainment factor. Both snipers, no doubt, but it was how Bure got the puck to the net is what made him so exciting. Its like he was on a mission every game and almost every shift to score a goal. The stats show when he produced but he made the game much more exciting even when he didn't score. I recall almost every game he had at least a couple of breakaways. Fun to watch for sure. He was kind of selfish in the beginning and his defense was not very good. Its like the only goal was to score , period. Boeser is a more all round player who knows his defensive responsibilities. A mature player like Bo.

Not as flashy as Bure but is similar in that they both knew how to get the puck behind the goalie when they were given the opportunity.

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39 minutes ago, EdgarM said:

The big difference is the entertainment factor. Both snipers, no doubt, but it was how Bure got the puck to the net is what made him so exciting. Its like he was on a mission every game and almost every shift to score a goal. The stats show when he produced but he made the game much more exciting even when he didn't score. I recall almost every game he had at least a couple of breakaways. Fun to watch for sure. He was kind of selfish in the beginning and his defense was not very good. Its like the only goal was to score , period. Boeser is a more all round player who knows his defensive responsibilities. A mature player like Bo.

Not as flashy as Bure but is similar in that they both knew how to get the puck behind the goalie when they were given the opportunity.

Pettersson looks to have some of this in him too. 

Lucky us.

If we end up drafting Boqvist, we might have a few elements resembling Bure’s Desire to score goals. 

Edited by 189lb enforcers?
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10. Not even close. Just to be clear I think 6 is awesome but I bet 10 could still outskate 6.  

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So what's the basis of this post other than to get your adrenaline high? Jeff Skinner also have similar numbers in his rookie season, is he a superstar that has rescued Carolina? Boeser is great and time will tell. 

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Bure was the only Canuck (so far) to be a great scorer and had an edge to his game. When he was on the ice YOU COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE HIM,

SUPER SKILL AND SPEED.

A lot of players are fast but to take the puck with you when you go is really something to see and admire.The Sedins were all about position and not so much speed,they knew were each other were going to be ,classic Sedinary.

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