<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>The season is finally about to start up and I can’t wait to get going again. With the way the season ended last year with the team and for me, personally, with the injury I’m just excited to start up again. Even though this isn’t my first year, every year is just as exciting when the regular season approaches.
The level of anticipation and the buzz of the season never goes away and it’s still something I look forward to the same way as the first year. But this year’s a little different for me because I’m trying not to be so uptight out there and just have fun with it. I mean, there is a limited amount of time that you can play this game so I want to enjoy it while I can and really make everything count when I’m out there. It’ll be a good year as long as I don’t forget why I’m doing this.
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/092907_oilers02_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/092907_oilers02_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=1 hspace=4></a>Going into tomorrow, I feel really good because I’ve had a pretty good pre-season so it’s definitely helping my confidence and hopefully, it’s just the start of what’s to come for the rest of the year. It definitely helps to start off well and build my confidence so that I can do what I’m asked and feel comfortable making plays. The team’s looking for scoring and I want to be one of those guys to step up.
But that’s the big question eh? Can I continue this through the season?
I think I should be able to if I continue to go into every game the same way I have so far. I think the last couple of pre-season games, especially the one against Calgary, I felt really good and I was happy with the way I performed there so I’m ready for the season to get going.
I’m happy with the way the schedule starts off for us with back-to-back games. For some reason, I always find that I play better the second game of back-to-back games so it kind of works out well for me. I usually don’t feel like I get right into it until the second game but I’ve already played two back-to-back games in the pre-season so theoretically I should be all set to go, right?
<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/092607_sjsharks01_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/092607_sjsharks01_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4></a>But I do think that it’s harder to start at home than on the road because there’s a lot of pressure and you want to put on a good show for the fans but I mean, it’s definitely not a bad thing to start at home.
We had a team meeting yesterday in the morning and then we had the rest of the day off but it wasn’t all that eventful. I just moved into my place and we’re pretty much settled but there’s just little things to figure out now but that’s all the stuff my wife does. Decorating and all the little things, I just try not to get involved – it’s probably better that way.
One more sleep until the opening faceoff… I can’t wait.</td></tr></table>