Ryan Kesler Is Canucks MVP

January 14th, 2011 by Andrew Eide Leave a reply »
The Vancouver Canucks are at the top of the Western Conference standings with as strong a club as they've ever had.  They boast the reigning Hart Trophy winner in Henrik Sedin who, along with his brother, led the team in scoring again this season.

While the Sedin twins are a marvel to watch on the ice, providing highlight goal after highlight goal, neither one of them are the most important player on the Canucks roster.  That title belongs to Ryan Kesler.

Last season, the Canucks entered the playoffs with the No. 3 seed, high expectations and the whole hockey-crazed province of British Columbia behind them.  At the end of their series with the Blackhawks, Kesler was seen wincing in pain on the bench.

He may have been in pain because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the first round, but he just as well might have been wincing over his poor playoff performance and the team's elimination. 

As this season hits the halfway point, Ryan Kesler seems to have learned from that experience and has become the steady straw that stirs the Canuck drink while also becoming one of the league's elite players.

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