|Assets:||A polished two-way performer, he displays both offensive acumen and shutdown capability. Can play wing if need be and has tremendous determination. Has the size teams crave at the center position. Gets under opponents' skin. Is money standing in front of the opposing goal on power plays.|
|Flaws:||Is a little inconsistent when it comes to both producing points and playing the body. Will occasionally cross the line in his attempt to get opponents off their game, and has become increasingly reluctant to drop the gloves. Injuries have crept up due to his rugged style of game.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent two-way center.|
|NHL||Frank J. Selke Trophy||2010-11|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2010-11|
|Olympic Silver Medal||2010 (USA)|
|4/08/2013||Missed 19 games (broken right foot).|
|3/02/2013||Broken right foot, injured reserve.|
|2/15/2013||Missed 12 games (shoulder injury).|
|1/18/2013||Shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|10/18/2011||Missed 5 games (left hip surgery).|
|10/05/2011||Left hip surgery, injured reserve.|
|3/19/2010||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a six-year contract extension.|
|12/15/2007||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|5/24/2007||Re-signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a three-year contract.|
|5/04/2007||Missed the last 6 games of Round One against the Dallas Stars and all 5 games of Round Two against the Anaheim Ducks (broken finger).|
|4/13/2007||Broken finger, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/11/2007||Missed the last 34 games of the regular season (hip surgery).|
|1/26/2007||Hip surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/10/2006||Concussion, left Tuesday's game (Didn't miss any games).|
|9/14/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks.|
|9/12/2006||Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a one-year offer sheet.|
|9/16/2004||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|3/10/2004||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|2/14/2004||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|1/17/2004||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|1/09/2004||Re-assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|12/18/2003||Re-assigned to U.S. National Junior Team.|
|12/12/2003||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|11/23/2003||Recalled from Manitoba (AHL).|
|10/01/2003||Assigned to Manitoba (AHL).|
|8/18/2003||Signed by the Vancouver Canucks.|
|6/21/2003||Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1st round (23rd overall) in 2003.|
Ryan Kesler collects two more goals Tuesday | 12/04/2013 12:26 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Tuesday.
ImpactKesler now has 14 goals, 22 points, 21 PIM and 114 SOG in 30 games this season. Jason Garrison generated two assists on Tuesday, too.
Ryan Kesler scores two goals in VAN victory | 12/01/2013 3:53 PM
NewsRyan Kesler scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday.
ImpactKesler collected his 11th and 12th goals of the 2013-14 season, the latter of which was also today's game-winner. He had five SOG and two hits. He brings a nice mixture of elements to the table now that he's once again healthy.
Ryan Kesler scores goal for Canucks in loss | 11/24/2013 12:39 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored on a first-period power-play goal to give the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 lead over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
ImpactBut the lead was shortlived as the Hawks wound up winning, 2-1. For Kesler, the goal was his 10th of the season.
Kesler scores in loss | 11/06/2013 3:37 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored a goal in Vancouver's 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena
ImpactHenrik Sedin put a saucer pass over Martin Hanzal's stick and Kesler stepped into it for a one-timer that banked in off the crossbar. Kesler's ninth goal of the season extended Henrik Sedin's career-long points streak to 12 games. Daniel Sedin got the second assist to run his streak to seven. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks.
NHL names Ryan Kesler 3rd star of the week | 10/28/2013 12:48 PM
NewsRyan Kesler has been named the NHL's third star of the week.
ImpactHe recorded four goals and two assists in three games. Kesler currently has a four-game point streak and he's got 10 points in 13 matches. He also ranks fourth in the league with 54 shots.
Moving Ryan Kesler to wing a key, coach says | 10/26/2013 11:20 AM
NewsVancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella believes his decisions to place Ryan Kesler on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and move him from center to wing, is largely why the veteran forward has been so hot lately.
ImpactKesler has six goals and two assists in his past seven games, all on the road. "I just look at him as a winger," Tortorella said. "I like to have that big body on the boards, i think it forces him to play in the areas that he needs to play in. I think he gets more shots off the wing, I think it takes away some of the one-on-one stuff that is out of our game and he has really concentrated on that and not try to do it himself. So right now we will keep him there and see where it goes."
Eddie Lack gets his second win of 2013-14 | 10/25/2013 11:49 PM
NewsEddie Lack improved his record to 2-1-0 in 2013-14 as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in OT on Friday.
ImpactLack has been solid enough (.909 save percentage, 2.58) behind Roberto Luongo. Luongo will get the vast majority of starts, but Lack could be a solid add/drop here and there.
Ryan Kesler scores twice in Vancouver's win | 10/25/2013 11:41 PM
NewsThe Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in OT on Friday thanks to Ryan Kesler's two goals.
ImpactKesler made it 2-0 and then won the game in overtime. He now has seven tallies on the season. It's no shock that the American-born, hard-working winger is thriving under John Tortorella. Henrik Sedin also continues to play well; he has 13 assists on the season.
Ryan Kesler has been playing heavy minutes | 10/24/2013 1:06 PM
NewsRyan Kesler has been receiving heavy minutes from coach John Tortorella early into the 2013-14 campaign.
ImpactHe logged a season-high 28:04 of ice time against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Kesler ranks fourth among NHL forwards with 22:08 of average ice time this year. He has four goals and six points in 11 games.
Ryan Kesler nets two in Canucks victory | 10/15/2013 11:46 PM
NewsRyan Kesler fired home two goals, including the game winner in Vancouver's 3-2 victory over Philadelphia Tuesday night.
ImpactKesler seems to be still adjusting to playing at his normal pace after an injury riddled last season, with three points, 11 penalty minutes and a minus-four rating through seven games.
Ryan Kesler fires back at Canucks haters | 09/14/2013 7:48 PM
NewsRyan Kesler shot back in an expletive-laden rant at all the Canucks' doubters for this season.
The Vancouver Province
ImpactThe forward was asked about those who think Vancouver is no longer an elite team, and Kesler didn't want to hear any of it. "To be honest, I don't listen to that s***," Kesler said. "That's what it is. It's s***. We believe in ourselves in the dressing room. All those negative comments we're not even going to. ... To be honest, I shouldn't have even answered that question. It's s***." The Canucks finished seventh in the West last season after winning the Presidents' Trophy in consecutive seasons. Kesler did say that he'll use his own critics as motivation this year.
Ryan Kesler thinks he's over injury problems | 09/06/2013 6:47 PM
NewsRyan Kesler thinks the injury problems that have plagued him over the last two years are behind him.
ImpactSince the start of the 2011-12 campaign, Kesler has undergone surgeries for his hip, shoulder, and wrist in addition to being sidelined with a broken foot. "I just chalk it up to a string of bad luck," Kesler said. "One surgery after another after another ... then breaking my foot; I've blocked that shot over 100 times, same shot, it just hit me right. It's bad luck, that's it. I'm excited now. First training camp in three years. I'm excited for the new coach, excited to see the guys, excited for the outdoor game, excited for the Olympics. There's a lot to look forward to this year. I'm healthy and I'm ready for it." Before that nasty string of injuries, Kesler posted back-to-back 70-plus point seasons and scored 41 goals in 2010-11. He might be a gamble going into the 2013-14 campaign, but he's one that could pay off big.
Kesler thinks Tortorella will be a good fit | 08/27/2013 8:23 PM
NewsRyan Kesler is looking forward to playing for new head coach John Tortorella.
Impact"I played under him at the Olympics," Kesler said. "He was running the D-corps, but obviously he wants hard work, he wants execution and he wants no mistakes. That's basically what my game is all about. He wants you to compete and doesn't want anybody to take a game off, which I like. If we play that way, we have the skill on this team to do some good things." He feels "100 percent" now after being slowed by injuries for the past two seasons and could flourish with Tortorella behind the bench.
Ryan Kesler spoke with John Tortorella | 07/21/2013 10:59 AM
NewsVancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler spoke with new head coach John Tortorella recently.
Impact"He's going to expect more from everybody, and we're going to need more," Kesler told the Vancouver Province. "The way things ended last year, I don't think anybody looks at themselves as a top dog anymore. We've got to find our way and battle every night."
Ryan Kesler scores both Canucks goals in loss | 05/04/2013 1:37 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored twice in the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in Friday's Game 2.
ImpactKesler's first goal was a power-play tally and came less than a minute into the period. He followed it up six minutes later with what looked to be the game-winning goal until the Sharks tied the game in the final minute. Henrik and Daniel Sedin each assisted on Kesler's man-advantage score, but the Canucks now trail 2-0 heading back to San Jose.
Kesler: Canucks 'hungry' for playoff success | 05/01/2013 1:40 PM
NewsRyan Kesler feels the Vancouver Canucks are poised for a much better showing in the playoffs this year.
Impact"We're healthier, and to be honest, I don't think we were ready for the grind last year," Kesler said referring to starting the 2012 postseason without the concussed Daniel Sedin. "We know what it takes to get to a final and Game 7 of a final. We're hungry this year, and I can feel the energy in the room. I see how bad guys want it." He generated 13 points in 17 games this season, while dealing with injuries. It's still not clear if he will matched up against Joe Thornton or Logan Couture in Wednesday's series opener versus San Jose, but he feels up for either challenge.
Ryan Kesler scores twice in win over Preds | 04/15/2013 10:39 PM
NewsRyan Kesler potted two goals in the Canucks' 5-2 win over the Predators Monday night.
ImpactKesler has been ravaged by injuries for over a year but he has played well this season when he has actually been on the ice. If he can stay healthy, he should finish the season on a high note. He should be owned in all leagues.
Ryan Kesler has four points in three games | 04/14/2013 10:31 AM
NewsRyan Kesler recorded an assist on Saturday.
ImpactKesler has a goal and four points in three games since returning from a foot injury. He's a great pickup in standard leagues.
Ryan Kesler scores game winner in return | 04/09/2013 2:40 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored his second goal in only his eighth game of the season, leading the Canucks to a 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
ImpactKesler has been ravaged by injuries for over a year but he has played well this season when he has actually been on the ice, scoring six points in eight games. The Canucks desperately miss his scoring and versatility upfront. Without Kesler, the Canucks chances at making a deep playoff run are slim to none. Throw him in your line up as much as you can moving forward.
Vancouver will get Ryan Kesler on Monday | 04/08/2013 2:12 PM
NewsRyan Kesler (foot) will rejoin the Canucks on Monday.
Canucks.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactKesler has been limited to just seven games this season and hasn't played since Feb. 26. It wouldn't be surprising to see him get eased back into the lineup, but at the same time, he's been solid when he has played with a goal and five points in 2013. If he can stay healthy, he should finish the season on a high note.
Ryan Kesler (foot) skates prior to practice | 04/04/2013 5:25 PM
NewsRyan Kesler took to the ice for the first time Thursday before the rest of the team skated at Vancouver's morning session.
ImpactHe skated with the team's other injured players. Kesler has been out of action since Feb. 26 after a broken bone was discovered in his foot. He has been limited to just seven games this season because of injuries, but appears to be on the right track in his recovery.
Ryan Kesler to have scan on foot Monday | 04/01/2013 10:52 AM
NewsRyan Kesler will get another scan on his broken right foot on Monday.
ImpactKesler is still on crutches and wearing a walking boot so the scan on Monday should definitely let the Canucks know how close or far away he is from returning to action. He was originally diagnosed to be out four-six weeks and it has already passed the four week mark so the Canucks may be a little concerned heading towards the trade deadline Wednesday. Stay tuned as Vancouver will be in trouble down the middle if Kesler's foot is not healing properly.
Ryan Kesler to have another CT scan shortly | 03/30/2013 12:52 PM
NewsCenter Ryan Kesler (broken foot) remains on crutches and in a walking boot more than four weeks after his 4-6 week diagnosis.
Impact"He's in that same window," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I think he's having another CT scan here after Easter."
Ryan Kesler (foot) is now out indefinitely | 02/27/2013 6:24 PM
NewsRyan Kesler will be out indefinitely after a CT Scan Wednesday morning revealed he had a fractured right foot.
ImpactCoach Alain Vigneault said that two X-rays on the foot had come up negative, which somewhat explains why he played in three games after suffering the injury back on Feb. 21. Kesler has been limited to seven contests this campaign following off-season surgeries on his wrist and shoulder and now he'll be out again "for a while" according to Vigneault but he wasn't sure how long exactly.
Report: Kesler playing with a broken foot | 02/27/2013 4:53 PM
NewsRyan Kesler sustained a broken foot on Feb . 21 against Dallas, according to his agent Kurt Overhardt.
Ben Kuzma on Twitter
ImpactThe Vancouver center has played in three games since suffering the injury. Kesler had an assist and two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Phoenix, but he didn't do much in his two appearances before that. He was seen in an air cast Wednesday and didn't practice, but the Canucks haven't commented on his status yet.
Kesler's first goal not enough to stop Blues | 02/18/2013 1:42 AM
NewsRyan Kesler scored his first goal of the season, but the Canucks dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Blues Sunday.
ImpactKesler's power-play marker in the first period gives the center two points in as many games since returning from injury earlier this week. Henrik Sedin also picked up a goal and an assist in the loss while Mason Raymond netted his fifth of the campaign.
Ryan Kesler gets an assist in season debut | 02/16/2013 12:10 PM
NewsRyan Kesler had an assist in his season debut on Friday.
ImpactKesler returned from shoulder and wrist injuries. He had four shots on goal, four hits, and three blocked shots in 17:27 minutes of playing time. If you've been patiently holding onto Kesler, put him back into your lineup ASAP.
Ryan Kesler to play on Friday against Dallas | 02/15/2013 8:20 PM
NewsRyan Kesler (shoulder/wrist) will make his season debut on Friday against Dallas.
ImpactKesler will center the second line between Christopher Higgins and Zack Kassian and will also see time on the first power play unit. While it may take Kesler a couple of games to get back into the swing of things we suggest getting him into your lineup asap.
Vigneault: Ryan Kesler is 'ready to go' | 02/14/2013 5:24 PM
NewsIt appears as though Ryan Kesler will make his return to Vancouver's lineup Friday night against Dallas.
Dan Murphy on Twitter
Impact"He's been medically cleared to play, all indications are he's ready to go," said coach Alain Vigneault. The Vancouver bench boss spoke like Kesler would play and he would join a line with Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian.
Ryan Kesler taking faceoffs at practice | 02/12/2013 12:35 PM
NewsRyan Kesler (shoulder/wrist) was practicing faceoffs on Monday.
ImpactKesler continues to get closer to returning to action but there is still no timetable for his return. "Obviously it's inching closer," Kesler said. "There is still no timeline. It's been very exciting being with the guys and being involved again. I'm happy where I'm at. Shooting is not a problem. I just think (it's a matter of) feeling comfortable out there and just being confident. When I'm ready, I'll let them know." If he is still available in your pool, grab him and stash him if you can.
Ryan Kesler may only need couple of practices | 02/04/2013 12:57 PM
NewsCoach Alain Vigneault said that he thinks Ryan Kesler may need only a couple of practices to until he is ready to go.
ImpactKesler practiced on Sunday and is due to travel with the Canucks on their road trip so he could practice with the team on Wednesday. Kesler said that he will not play unless he is 100 percent but that may be sooner than a lot of people think. Grab him and reserve him if you can because it may be too late in a couple of days. We are changing his status for now to day-to-day from indefinitely.
Ryan Kesler skates with Canucks, will travel | 02/03/2013 3:53 PM
NewsRyan Kesler skated with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday and will reportedly travel alongside his teammates this week.
Hosea Cheung on Twitter
ImpactEven so, the timetable for his return is uncertain. If you have an IR slot ready, definitely scoop him up if he happens to be on the waiver wire. It still might be a little while, though.
Waiting another 10 days on Kesler's status | 01/29/2013 12:35 PM
NewsThe Vancouver Canucks are hoping to find out by the tenth game of the season as to how close Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist) is to returning.
ImpactThat date will be February 7 and while it was thought a couple of weeks ago that Kesler was returning sooner than originally thought, there is still no word on when he will be back. Stay tuned.
| 01/19/2013 9:00 PM
NewsRyan Kesler returned to action on Friday January 18.
Ryan Kesler may be back sooner than thought | 01/14/2013 1:01 PM
NewsRyan Kesler (shoulder/wrist) could be back sooner than originally thought.
ImpactKesler had off-season surgery on his shoulder and wrist and was progressing slowly but GM Mike Gillis said on Sunday that Kesler has had three very good weeks. "His spot isn't going to be vacant for a long period of time," Gillis said. "Ryan's had a really good three weeks, although you never have a definite time table on these things. He's a competitor and I know he wants to play." This is good news for Kesler owners and we suggest he is worth a late flier this season, especially in keeper leagues.
Ryan Kesler injury looms over Canucks | 01/10/2013 8:40 PM
NewsVancouver assistant GM Laurence Gilman isn't sure when Ryan Kesler will be able to return to action following off-season shoulder and wrist injuries.
Impact"I don't know the answer to that question, and that's not being coy with you," Gilman told TEAM1040 radio on Thursday. "He's continuing on his rehabilitation, he's improving the strength in his shoulder. Needless to say, he's a critical component of our team. It's of vital importance that we get him as healthy as possible, as soon as possible, and it's of vital importance that when he get back into our lineup that he is healthy enough, and durable enough, to stay in our lineup." In December, Kesler's agent suggested that the Vancouver center may be "months away" from returning. Be wary of taking Kesler too high in your drafts because even if he doesn't miss much action the condensed schedule and lack of conditioning could become an issue for him.
"No timeframe" for Ryan Kesler's return | 01/06/2013 10:11 PM
NewsAccording to Kurt Overhardt, the agent for the Canucks Ryan Kesler, there is currently no timetable for the forward's return to action.
Impact"Our goal for Ryan is that he's able to play the next 10 years, not the next two months," said Overhardt. "We are working with the club closely on his recovery and we are all on the same page." This is important information for fantasy leaguers and for the Canucks, as Kesler is an integral piece in Vancouver.
|Goals||2||4 times-last:at Nas||last:Dec 3||2|
|Assists||1||8 times-last:at NYR||last:Nov 30||2|
|Points||2||6 times-last:at Nas||last:Dec 3||2|
|Penalty Minutes||5||vs. Edm||Oct 5||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Col||Dec 8||1|
|Power Play Goals||1||5 times-last:at Nas||last:Dec 3||1|
|Power Play Points||1||9 times-last:at Nas||last:Dec 3||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||32 times-last:vs. Col||last:Dec 8||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||32 times-last:vs. Col||last:Dec 8||0|
|Shots||10||vs. LA||Nov 25||5|
|Games||82||4 times-last: 2010-11 (Van)|
|Penalty Minutes||104||2009-10 (Van)|
|Power Play Goals||15||2010-11 (Van)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2010-11 (Van)|
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