Ryan Kesler has been one never-ending disaster since last season. If not injured, his time on the ice has been played under strain, and it showed.
When the Canucks lost in the first round last season to the LA Kings, one of the most noticeable downturns was the play of Kesler, who did not contribute offensively while making a league-wide reputation for diving.
It's difficult to say if his diving tendencies were a result of his compensating for his lack of health, but regardless the Canucks will need him at 100-percent now that he's made his second return of the season.
Kesler has proven more than once that he's capable of 70-plus points in a season, and that's the player we need to see in this year's playoffs. If the Kesler from last April shows up, the Canucks could be in for another premature exit.
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