Player Profiles - Ryan Kesler

Cam Davie
September 04 2010 12:03AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Ryan Kesler #17 celebrates his empty net goal with Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks leading to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game four of the Western Conference Quarter-final at Staples Center on April 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Just like many Canucks, and just like both of his regular linemates, Ryan Kesler has a career year last season. He had career highs in points, assists, power play goals, penalty minutes and shots, and was one goal shy of tying his career high in goals, which he set the previous year. He was also one of the most important players for Team USA during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and was arguably the best skater for the Americans in both games against Team Canada. So where does he go from here?

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Those $%#@&# bloggers: what to do?

Robin Brownlee
September 02 2010 01:37PM

Hockey blogs and hockey bloggers aren't going anywhere. That's a reality the Edmonton Oilers and other NHL teams have to accept and come to grips with, and the sooner the better.

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Player Profiles - Mikael Samuelsson

Cam Davie
September 02 2010 10:15AM

DENVER - OCTOBER 03:  Mikael Samuelsson #26 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

While he was never ever able to really break out and get consistent minutes with the Detroit Red Wings, given their glut of talent on the top 2 lines, Samuelsson had a break-out season with the Vancouver Canucks, as the team's second-highest goal scorer. One of the main reasons why GM Mike Gillis was keen on bringing Samuelsson to Vancouver was his playoff experience. That move paid off in spades, as Samuelsson was the Canucks' leading scorer in the playoffs last year with 15 points in 12 games.

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Luongo Contract to Be Voided (Maybe...)

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 11:29PM

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo lays on the ice after hitting the back of his head on the goal post during Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference semi-final hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, British Columbia May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

According to a bombshell of a report by Larry Brooks, Roberto Luongo's contract may be one the NHL is taking aim at in the wake of the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk fiasco. Brooks claims the league has offered the players union an ultimatum, consisting of two choices:

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Player Profiles - Mason Raymond

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 09:43AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks has the puck knocked away from behind by Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on April 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

This is the first post in a series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle this offseason was the retention of break-out youngster Mason Raymond. His 53 points represented a 30 point jump over his previous season. His emergence as a legitimate top 6 presence is a major coup for the organization and is another example of the Canucks developing quality players internally.

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