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Cherry Picking - Jan. 28, 2013

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

Four areas where the Canucks are really missing Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler’s a pretty important piece of the Canucks puzzle. While the former Selke Trophy winner recovers from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries serving Tim Hortons and bagging groceries, Thomas Drance reminds us what #17 brings to the table. Read

Chris Higgins Coming Around

The season hasn’t started the way Chris Higgins would have liked, but he’s saying all the right things. “I haven't felt a 100 per cent like myself yet. I just have to put my head down and keep working and trust that my work ethic will take me where I want to be.” Read

Raymond’s skill showing through for Canucks

Coming into the season with a lot to prove, Mason Raymond is off to the start he wanted. A two-goal performance against Anaheim highlights his strong start for the Province’s Ben Kuzma. Read

Power Rankings

After a 2-1-0 week, how did the Canucks fare on Pierre Lebrun’s weekly standings? Read

Van Provies Nightly Awards

Ben Kuzma compiles the best Canuck quotes from a tough loss to San Jose. Read

Rapid Fire

- Joe Cannata was a brick-wall on Friday night stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 Chicago Wolves victory. He’s got some sparkling numbers in the AHL this year with a 1.70 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Peter Andersson assisted on both goals also.

- Frank Corrado and Evan McEneny polished off a solid weekend with the Kitchener Rangers with a perfect 3-0 record. McEneny’s solid January continues with 2 assists (10 points in 12 games) while Corrado picked up another helper, keeping him third on the club in scoring.

- And down in Kalamazoo, the Alexandre’s (Grenier and Mallet) are enjoying life. Grenier had an assist all three K-Wings games this weekend while Mallet scored once and added a helper.

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