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Will Kesler be the same?

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Kesler missed quite a few games due to surgery last year and he never really was able to shake it off when he came back. Now he's had a couple more and I'm not sure if he'll be as good as he was a couple years back. Am I the only one nervous about him?

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Maybe a little but I think he'll be just fine.

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I think he came back to early last season, and his play suffered the consequences, if we allow him to get to 100% I think he'll make a full recovery.

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If he actually comes back at 100%, which he hasn't done for a while, I believe he'll do just fine.

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Nope, not a 40 goal scorer. Maybe a 30. But I have a feeling he is going to be rushed and start playing again. I hope not, really need him for the Playoffs.

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Better than last season, but not as good as the season before(2010-2011 season).

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I think it's natural to be nervous about him. We all know that he's capable of being a super star from what we saw in his 40 goal season. All we can do is hope we can get the Kesler we know and love back, and not someone who's rushing himself and playing half injured. When Kesler is on his game, we get performances like we saw in Van vs. Nashville and the olympics (aka elite). When he's off his game, he seems to dive and hog the puck too much.

Every person and injury is different, so we'll see how it turns out. There's no way to really tell until we see him play again. The one bright side of the lockout was players like Kesler didn't feel the need to rush back into playing, so hopefully he got a lot more healing in than would've been the case if there was no lockout.

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He'll be lucky to be able to score at a 50 point, 25 goal pace. This guy finished last season TERRIBLY with 1 goal in the final 18 games and was invisible. If that's just after hip surgery I can't imagine how useless he'll be following two major surgeries to the same arm.

His shot will be a lot weaker and he won't hit as much thanks to wrist and shoulder surgery, and without enough time to rehab and train properly he won't be anywhere near as good as he can be. I hate to say it fans but Kesler is pretty much finished. At least he can kill penalties and play good defence, because I doubt he'll be scoring goals any time soon.

Ideally, we can get Kesler back to playing the set up man for Booth and Higgins. He is capable of a 50-assist season (he had a couple of seasons ago) so once he realises his wrist shot is too weak after these injuries he'll hopefully revert back to his playmaker abilities. Booth and Higgins are both capable snipers who need a playmaker and Kesler can be just that.

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I dunno. I don't think it's as much a physical problem as it is a mental one. Players have come back from worse injuries just fine. His problems last year weren't so much because of any lack of speed or strength, but just the decisions he made while playing. He seemed frustrated and tried to force things that he couldn't do even at 100%.

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Im really nervous about him. IMO, the Nucks don't have a good shot at the cup without Kesler at 100%. He's so critical to our offense and to AV's matchup game. Some guys seem to heal really well from injuries and come back without missing a beat (think Sami Salo), and other guys like Kesler just can't seem to regain their step. I hope I'm wrong but I think we're going to see another sub-par season from #17.

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I don't think he'll be able to get back to shape, but hopefully he can be close to it. 30-35Goals in a full season

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If the Canucks rush him back in the regular season no he won't be the same. If he rests up and gets up to full game speed and comes back when he's 100% he's going to absolutely dominate the playoffs.

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The inside story will be told when the Canucks announce 2c.

Kes is about to be replaced with no return date imminent and no guarantees on his return to form.

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During the offseason he'll be traded to Toronto for 2 first rounders and a second.

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Be interesting to see if the Luongo sweepstakes goes to Florida.

A trade for Weiss out of Florida (who has indicated Florida will lose him at end of season) and Allen would bolster the Canucks situation.

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If that's just after hip surgery I can't imagine how useless he'll be following two major surgeries to the same arm.

I hate to say it fans but Kesler is pretty much finished. At least he can kill penalties and play good defence, because I doubt he'll be scoring goals any time soon.

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Good question. Definitely threads like these are needed.

I think he's gonna be OK.

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Better than last season, but not as good as the season before(2010-2011 season).

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