Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/30/12
Blast From The Past The news of Ryan Kesler’s latest injury requiring surgery on his shoulder had to put something of a chill into fans, as he has been commonly seen as key to any Vancouver Canucks playoff success. The team was rolling along in the playoffs a year ago until Kesler’s hip (and the Dan Hamhuis injury as well) sidelined the Canucks. When Kes’ secondary scoring fell off it forced the Sedins to try and carry the entire load. As we all know all too clearly and painfully now, it proved too much to overcome and the Stanley Cup was finally conceded to the Boston Bruins. The Second Line Although he is officially a second line center on the current edition of the team, Kesler is really the straw that stirs the drink in Vancouver. The center positon is the fulcrum at forward that drives teams in hockey. The scoring is set up here, on defence the traditional role is to help clog the middle of the ice inside the blue line, and the position is normally the source of most faceoff takes.
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