We Are All Canucks
Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice. Last week we took a look as to how the first month of the season panned out for Daniel Sedin.
This time around we check in on the week that was for Ryan “The Body” Kesler.
While the 08-09 manta may have been “We All Canucks”, it seems as though the 2011-12 pitch “Heart Of A Canuck” was directed towards Kesler.
Filling the do everything role that Trevor Linden once held in pride, Ryan Kesler will not be one to lead the scoring race, but you will most definitely find that he makes his presence known during his twenty to twenty five shifts a game.
One area that has been impacted the most with Kesler’s return has been when they have a man in the sin bin, turning away all but one goal in his thirteen games this season.
Although granted Kesler was not on the ice for all these short handed situations, his determination and blue collar attitude can be felt by those that were.
Although team doctors signed off on his return from off season surgery, fans, teammates and Kesler himself know that he is not skating at 100%.
After netting 41 goals last season, maybe the Canucks faithful have set the bar a little too high on their expectations for number 17 to start the season, but with only two goals in thirteen games, something may still be a little off for Kesler.
Not for lack of trying on the second line middle man’s behalf, Kesler has had multiple opportunities to put the biscuit in the basket over the course of his last five games, with fifteen shots on net.
With Chris Higgins on one side, Kesler has had the opportunity to play with an old friend and an old teammate on his other wing.
Alternating between newcomer and longtime friend David Booth and Alexandre Burrows, RK17 is sandwiched between players with a similar style and approach to the game, something that should bring smiles to the fans and management once the wrinkles get ironed out.
LAST FIVE STAT LINE:
Canucks Record: 3-2 Goals: 1, Assists: 1, Points: 2, Plus/Minus 0