If Kesler lost the muscle, shrunk two inches and gained 10 lbs, pretty sure we'd look a lot alike.

It looks like the Vancouver Canucks will once again have their ultra-lurky, Selke-trophy winning leader back.

For all the talk about the Stanley Cup hangover the Canucks have apparently been dealing with, it’s worth remembering that they’ve been ailing partly due to being without one of the best players in the league to start the year.

From ESPN:

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler told reporters he will make his season debut Tuesday against the visiting New York Rangers.

Kesler, who was cleared for contact Oct. 6, missed the team’s first five games as part of his recovery from offseason hip surgery.

He had surgery in early August to repair a torn hip labrum. Kesler had a similar surgery in January 2007.

Oh yeah, that guy. Other teams can’t be happy to read those sentences.

The Canucks have played their last four games on the road, and finally head back to Vancouver for tomorrow night’s contest. With three home games coming up against the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild, and having Ryan Kesler return, methinks they may have just found their Pepto Bismal, Advil and Gatorade.

Anyone think they won’t take at least five points over the next week?