While Henrik Sedin wears the C for the Vancouver Canucks, there’s no question about the identity of the team’s heart-and-soul leader.
Ryan Kesler’s performance in the Stanley Cup playoffs has certainly determined that – if it wasn’t already evident after a 41-goal, Selke Trophy-worthy regular season.
He has awed many in the hockey world with the high quality of his play in Round 2 against the Nashville Predators. It has left little question that the Canucks so-called second line centre is among the best overall players in the game today.
His last two outings, in particular, will go down as among the greatest back-to-back playoff performances in franchise history. He is an early Conn Smythe candidate.
On Saturday night, Kesler’s singular determination to bring his team back from a 4-2 disadvantage against the Preds was reminiscent of Mark Messier in his prime. A wonderful skater at the best of times, Kesler seemed to be in a gear no one else could match.