The Vancouver Canucks have been doing just fine to open this 2013 National Hockey League season with a 8-2-2 record going into Friday’s play but it looks like the team is about to get one of their stars back for Friday’s game. Ryan Kesler, who has been hurt and out with a shoulder injury, is rumored to be ready to go again and has been medically cleared to play. That has to be a big boost to a Vancouver team that has been riding their goaltending so far this season to victories.
Kesler is a great player when he is healthy and had 22 goals last season in 77 games for the Canucks and brings a second center into the picture to help out the Sedins on offense. If Vancouver wants to make any run at all in the postseason, it is going to have to come from players like Kesler. It has been the Roberto Luongo show this season in Vancouver and while Luongo and Cory Schneider have held teams under two goals a game, that average is likely not to last all the way through the year.
Vancouver is a much more complete team with Kesler on the ice and it has to be a scary thought for the other teams in the Western Conference to see Vancouver at full strength. When the Canucks are at full strength, they could be one of the few teams that can knock any team off at any time. This must be a great day for Kesler and the Canucks alike as Kesler finally gets on the ice for the first time this year.