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Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
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Ryan Kesler scored twice to bury Winnipeg in a series clinching 5-2 win on Wednesday.
The draft day trade by the Ducks to acquire Kesler has paid off in spades as the 30 year-old was outstanding in this series. Kesler was a plus-3 and had five shots in 19:05 of ice-time and was named the first star of Game 4. Kesler totaled three goals and five points in a series where he was all over the big goals scored at big moments. Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen and Andrew Cogliano contributed the other goals. If he can stay healthy, he is one of the biggest difference makers in all of hockey. Apr 23 - 1:34 AM

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Ryan Kesler had another big game for Anaheim during their 5-4 overtime Game Three win over Winnipeg on Monday night, collecting a goal and an assist in the process.

Both of Kesler's points tied the game, and his goal was about as clutch as it gets with just 2:14 remaining in the third period. He also accumulated two hits, a block, a minor and drew two minors as well during his 20:26 of work. Kesler has a goal and three points through three games thus far.
Apr 21 - 1:07 AM

Ryan Kesler was spared by the NHL's Department of Player Safety after he received a minor for an illegal check to the head on Saturday night.

Kesler's left elbow caught Tyler Myers' right ear flush, causing Myers to cease playing. No injury was sustained on the play, and a neutral observer may be tempted to judge the play as an accidentally-on purpose type hit, but the Department of Player Safety thinks that "no supplemental discipline was warranted" after the penalty on the ice.
Apr 19 - 7:24 PM

Ryan Kesler was outstanding at the faceoff dot as he won 16-of-21 opportunities Thursday.

Kesler was a big part of the Ducks dominance in the faceoff circle as the team won 63 percent of the draws in Game 1. "You start with the puck, obviously you got a better chance of scoring, right?" Kesler said. "Obviously we’re just going to continue with that."
Apr 18 - 6:09 AM

Ryan Kesler is excited about the upcoming playoffs and seems to be fresher than in previous seasons.

The big news here is that Kesler has been playing a lot less hockey as he had been averaging 22 minutes of playing time with the Canucks but coach Bruce Boudreau has been allowing him to average only 19:30 minutes with the Ducks. "I feel good," Kesler said. "Obviously I play a little less here than I did in Van. I think that helps. One or two less minutes a night adds up over 82 games, right? I feel ready. I’m excited. It’s why we play hockey, right? It’s why we play this game, this time of year. To miss last year and to be able to be back, it’s exciting." Kesler heads into the post-season with 20 goals and 47 points and will be a fine addition to your playoff roster if you believe the regular season and think the Ducks are going deep into the playoffs.
Apr 13 - 5:05 AM

Ryan Kesler (elbow) is expected to return Friday.

Kesler missed Wednesday's contest due to the ailment. He has 20 goals and 47 points in 78 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 2 - 5:14 PM

Ryan Kesler (upper body injury) will be held out of Wednesday’s contest with the Oilers.

Kesler was given a maintenance day during the morning skate Wednesday and will not be dressed for the game at night versus the Oilers. He has played in all 78 games for the Ducks this season, picking up 20 goals and 47 points and although he still carries a lot of "real-life" value for the Ducks, he has been a disappointing fantasy player for those who drafted him this season expecting 30 plus goals and 60 plus points. Consider him day-to-day and look for him to return to the Ducks lineup Friday against the Avalanche.
Apr 1 - 9:36 PM

Ryan Kesler didn't skate on Tuesday morning because of a possible injury.

He was seen sporting a wrap on his right elbow. It's unclear if Kesler will be ready to play on Wednesday against Edmonton at this time.
Mar 31 - 2:35 PM

Ryan Kesler scored a goal in Anaheim's 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Kesler's goal opened the scoring in the first period. The goal was Kesler 20th of the season. He has now hit 20 goals seven times in his NHL career. James Wisniewski picked up the only assist on Kesler's goal. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating, three shots on goal and a blocked shot in 18:38 of action. The 30-year-old has 20 goals and 47 points in 78 games this season.
Mar 29 - 9:46 PM

Ryan Kesler popped his 19th goal of the season, kicking off the evening's scoring. However the Blue Jackets would prevail, 5-3 on Tuesday night.

It was Kesler's fifth goal with the man advantage as well. He also contributed by winning half his draws while skating 17:38 with over four minutes on special teams. Kesler now has 19 goals and 46 points this season, with 11 points coming with the man advantage.
Mar 25 - 1:38 AM

Ryan Kesler has five goals in five games against the Los Angeles Kings in 2014-15.

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks during the summer of 2014 in the hopes that he would help make them a serious Stanley Cup contender. He's largely performed as advertised in the regular season and not just because he's been dominant against the Ducks' main rival, the Los Angeles Kings. All the same, Kesler, as well as the Ducks as a whole, will ultimately be judged by fans based on how the playoffs go.
Mar 20 - 10:35 AM

Ryan Kesler scored the game winning goal in overtime to lead the Ducks past rival Anaheim on Wednesday.

The goal snapped a six game goal-less drought the Ducks' second line center. Kesler now has four points in his last four games. His 18 goals and 27 assists to total 45 points in 72 games. The good news is that Kesler hasn't had any injuries this season, the bad news is that the change of scenery hasn't sparked a massive year for the 30 year-old who is in his first season with the Ducks. He is still a very serviceable player though. Patrick Maroon and Jakob Silfverberg scored the other goals for Anaheim.
Mar 19 - 2:35 AM

Ryan Kesler had an assist in a 6-3 loss on Wednesday.

Kesler was also minus-three, dropping him down to minus-five in 2014-15. He's tied for the second worst plus/minus rating on the team. He also has 17 goals and 42 points in 69 games this season.
Mar 12 - 10:32 AM

Ryan Kesler scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

Kesler's goal was a matter of being in the right place at the right time to finish off Andrew Cogliano's missed pass from Jakob Silfverberg, getting the Ducks on the board early in the third period. His assist came thanks to Corey Perry's ability to put one in the empty net from the defensive zone, after Kesler forced the turnover. He now has 16 goals and 39 points in 63 games this season.
Feb 28 - 1:33 AM

Ryan Kesler produced a goal and an assist in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals in Washington Friday night.

Kesler notched his goal on an Anaheim power play, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 18:15 of the first period. It was the center's 15th goal of the season. He added his 22nd assist of the season on a Corey Perry goal at 13:45 of the third period. Perry's goal, his 23rd of the season, tied the game at 1-1 and extended it into overtime and then the shootout session. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf missed the game. He was a late scratch as well on Thursday for a game against the Nashville Predators after aggravating a lower-body injury during warmups.
Feb 6 - 10:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5Chris Wagner
6Michael Sgarbossa
7Stefan Noesen
LW1Matt Beleskey
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Patrick Maroon
4Tomas Fleischmann
5Jiri Sekac
6Max Friberg
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Emerson Etem
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Sami Vatanen
3James Wisniewski
4Francois Beauchemin
5Hampus Lindholm
6Simon Despres
7Clayton Stoner
8Mark Fistric
9Korbinian Holzer
10Josh Manson
11Jaycob Megna
12Brandon Montour
13Andrew O'Brien
14Shea Theodore
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson
3Jason LaBarbera
4Ryan Faragher