Brock Boeser to miss world juniors for Team USA

The University of North Dakota star and top Vancouver Canucks prospect will have wrist surgery instead, killing his chance for a second-straight medal

Team USA got some bad news on the world junior front today, as it was revealed that potent right winger Brock Boeser will miss the tournament due to wrist surgery.

As first reported by University of North Dakota beat writer Brad Schlossman, Boeser has been dealing with pain the entire season. The sophomore tried to play through it, then tried to rest it, but inevitably surgery has become the best option.

What does it all mean?

For the Fighting Hawks, it’s a short-term hiccup. It sounds like Boeser will be back in January, so the squad’s hopes of repeating as national champions in the NCAA remain intact.

For Vancouver Canucks fans, this news is probably just par for the course during a season that organizationally could be described as a tire fire within a dumpster that is then set on fire. Boeser is the team’s top forward prospect and along with goalie Thatcher Demko and defenseman Olli Juolevi, represents hope amidst the current squalor.

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For Team USA, this is a tough blow that the Americans must hope is not fatal. Boeser was part of last year’s bronze medal entry and his experience and leadership would have helped this season’s installment. While very few under-20s can score the way he can, Boeser’s absence will open the door for someone else to shine and the team still has a great reservoir of high-end skill thanks to players such as Clayton Keller, Jeremy Bracco and Tage Thompson, among others. But he will be hard to replace and the timing is very unfortunate for all involved.

Boeser has 16 points through 13 NCAA games this season.