Apr 15, 2013, 11:05 AM EST
The idea to try Ryan Kesler on the wing has been floated numerous times by Vancouver hockey fans.
Kesler — a center that won the Selke Trophy in 2011 — knows he has a shoot-first mentality. So when the Canucks acquired play-making center Derek Roy at the trade deadline, there became the possibility the two could be playing together at some point.
That possibility became reality at the end of Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Colorado, and that’s the way the Canucks practiced Sunday — Roy at center, Kesler on the right side, and Alex Burrows on the left.
Tonight, Vancouver is in Nashville where the trio may be together again.
While Kesler doesn’t seem overly enthusiastic about skating on the wing, he admits the move may help offensively.
“The wing is a pretty easy position,” he said, per The Province.
“At center, you don’t get a break, where at wing you can stand up top and watch your d-man, and really just focus offensively.”
Of course, what the Canucks stand to gain offensively, they may lose defensively. Kesler’s skating and ability to cover so much ice is one of the things that makes him so good against the opposition’s top players. The large majority of Selke winners have been centers; Dallas’ Jere Lehtinen was the last winger to be honored with the award, in 2003.
Vancouver plays in St. Louis tomorrow.
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