Brock Boeser is having a great season. With 40 points in 43 games, he’s on-pace for a career-high 76 points. While there are questions worth raising regarding his relative lack of goalscoring compared to his past two seasons, his steadily progressing two-way game and underrated playmaking ability continue to make him an essential component of the Canucks’ young core. Eyebrows were raised, then, when Wednesday’s practice in Florida saw Boeser bumped from both the top line and the first power play unit. According to reporters on the scene, like Sportsnet 650’s Brendan Batchelor, Jake Virtanen replaced Boeser on the first line with J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson, moving Boeser down to the third line with Antoine Roussel and Adam Gaudette. Meanwhile, Gaudette stepped in for Boeser on the top power play unit, which would have absolutely stunned any time-travelling Canucks fans from 2018. In the 2017-18 season, Boeser saved the power play seemingly single-handedly; two years later, he’s been demoted to the second unit.