Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery on Tuesday, according to the team’s official site. He is expected to make a full recovery in 10-12 weeks. Initial estimates would have Kesler missing training camp, but he could be ready to return by mid-October.
Kesler appeared in all 82 games in each of his last three seasons and is coming off of a banner year in which he was named an NHL All-Star and captured the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. He was perhaps the Canucks best playoff performer this past spring before being hampered by his hip in the Stanley Cup Final. Kesler registered a career high 41-goals last season to total 73-points, he added another 19-points in 25 postseason games.
Canucks general manager and team president Mike Gillis on Kesler’s surgery and expected recovery:
“After consultation with our team physicians following the playoffs, it was deemed that Ryan would require a procedure on his hip. We expect a full recovery and determined this procedure would best serve both Ryan and the team’s long term goals.”
Kesler joins a list of fellow Canucks recovering from injuries that includes Dan Hamhuis, Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson.