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Ryan Kesler | Center

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
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Ryan Kesler was routinely booed in his return to Vancouver on Thursday.
"They paid (for) their tickets," Kesler said. "They're allowed to do what they want to do. Does it hurt? Yeah, obviously when you play somewhere for 10 years and you give your heart and soul every night. You know what? It is what it is. Move on, go home and re-energize." There's no question Kesler gave a lot to the Canucks' organization, although the fact that the fans would boo him isn't surprising given that his tenure with the team ended because he wanted to be traded. Kesler was held off the scoresheet against his former team, but he's had a strong start to the 2014-15 campaign with six goals and 15 points in 21 contests. Nov 21 - 9:46 AM

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Ryan Kesler scored a goal in Anaheim's 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Kesler is now riding a six-game point streak. The 30-year-old's late second period goal gave the Ducks a lead heading into the final frame, but they were unable to hold on for the win. Anaheim has now gone to overtime or a shootout in five consecutive games. Kesler now has six goals and 15 points in 18 games this season. Emerson Etem scored the Ducks' other goal.
Nov 15 - 7:02 PM

Ryan Kesler was everywhere in registering three points in the Ducks 6-5 come from behind shootout win over the Kings on Wednesday.

Aside from scoring the shootout winner, Kesler had two goals and an assist on four shots and eight hits in easily his best game as a Duck. Kesler's second goal was straight up "beast mode" as he cut around defender and grabbed his own rebound and tucked it in on the far side with a wrap-around effort to beat Jonathan Quick late in the third period. Kesler inspired Jakob Silfverberg who had a goal and an assist playing on the same line. Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler also light the lamp in a wild game at the Honda Center.
Nov 13 - 2:12 AM

Ryan Kesler had an opportunity to keep the Ducks alive in the shootout against his former team, Vancouver, but he hit the post.

It wasn't a bad game overall for Kesler though. Kesler had an assist and won 67% of his faceoffs in the Ducks' 2-1 shootout loss.
Nov 10 - 8:18 AM

Ryan Kesler will face his former Vancouver Canuck teammates for the first time on Sunday.

The game will be in Anaheim so there still will be the first time back in Vancouver where the boos will likely be loud. "You have friends over there," Kesler said after practice on Saturday. "But there’s going to be some bragging rights. It’s two points that we really need, but for me it’s more personal." Look for Kesler to have a big game on Sunday and he should be worth taking in daily pools.
Nov 9 - 4:44 AM

Ryan Kesler registered an assist in Anaheim's 3-2 shootout loss to Arizona on Friday.

Kesler now has three goals and 10 points in 15 games in 2014-15. He only had 43 points last season, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that and the change of scenery seems to have helped him rebound. It wouldn't be surprising if he even gets better as the campaign goes on and ends up with around 60 points.
Nov 8 - 9:25 AM

Ryan Kesler failed to score along with the rest of the Ducks on Thursday night, as Anaheim was shut out by St. Louis 2-0.

Kesler was on the ice for both of St. Louis' goals, so he finished the night at minus-2. The new Duck has three goals and seven points in 11 games so far.
Oct 30 - 11:51 PM

Ryan Kesler scored a goal in Anaheim's 4-1 win over Buffalo.

Kesler snapped a three-game scoreless slump. That brief cold spell aside, Kesler has been a great secondary scorer for the Ducks with three goals and six points in seven games.
Oct 23 - 8:06 AM

Ryan Kesler found the back of the net in Anaheim's 5-1 win over Buffalo on Monday.

Kesler has two goals and three assists in three games. He was limited to just 43 points in 77 contests in 2013-14, but no one did particularly good under coach John Tortorella in Vancouver last season. He's in a far better position to succeed in 2014-15 and we wouldn't be surprised if he reaches the 60-point mark as a result.
Oct 14 - 9:40 AM

Ryan Kesler had a goal and two assists in Anaheim's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

Not a bad debut with the Ducks for Kesler. All three of Kesler's points were scored with the man advantage, but his presence also gives them a solid second line. He had 43 points in 2013-14, but it wouldn't surprise us if he does significantly better this season.
Oct 10 - 10:03 AM

Ryan Kesler played alongside Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Maroon on Thursday.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't committed to using that line in the regular season, but he does think it has potential. "Ryan can play both ends of the ice, you have a big strong guy like Maroon, and then you have Silvie who is very responsible and has such a good shot that if we get it to him, I think and he thinks, he's a lot more capable of getting more goals than he did last year," Boudreau said. Kesler scored the game-tying goal in the third period and Maroon and Silfverberg assisted on it. Anaheim went on to lose to Los Angeles in a shootout.
Sep 26 - 9:39 AM

Much is expected of Ryan Kesler this season, and he delivered by tying the game at three 11:50 into the third.

The Ducks were up 2-0 midway through the game before the Kings scored three times over the next twenty game minutes. After Patrick Maroon shook of Alec Martinez behind the offensive net, Kesler shed his defender long enough to get his blade free and one-time the feed in from the top of the crease. He led all forwards with 21:27 of ice time, including 1:47 on the powerplay. He also won 74% of his faceoffs.
Sep 26 - 2:59 AM

Ryan Kesler is expected to make his preseason debut with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Kesler was acquired by Anaheim from Vancouver during the off-season. The Ducks are in Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Thursday, and Kesler is expected to center Patrick Maroon and Jakob Silfverberg. "I’m excited," said Kesler. "It’s been a while since I played my last game. There are a couple different reasons why it’s exciting tonight." The Ducks have a strong one-two punch at center with Ryan Getzlaf on the first line and Kesler on the second line. The 30-year-old registered 25 goals and 43 points with the Vancouver Canucks last season.
Sep 25 - 3:55 PM

Ryan Kesler was held out of Anaheim's split squad contests on Monday.

That wouldn't be noteworthy if not for the fact that the Ducks originally said he would participate. Still, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau cited a desire to watch Kesler's ice time as the reason for keeping him out and that's as good a reason as any at this stage of the year.
Sep 23 - 9:01 AM

Ryan Kesler's play during the first two days of training camp has impressed coach Bruce Boudreau.

And why shouldn't he as Kesler has been a strong center in the NHL for the past six seasons for the Canucks before the off-season trade that sent him to Anaheim. "He gives us new varieties of things to do," Boudreau said. "As far as matchups go, if a team was matching up against (Ryan) Getzlaf's line, we didn't have that other big center that you needed to match up against their number one line. That's one of the ways he's going to come in very handy." Look for a big season from Kesler as he is rejuvenated in Southern California.
Sep 21 - 5:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
5William Karlsson
6Chris Wagner
LW1Patrick Maroon
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Emerson Etem
4Dany Heatley
5Matt Beleskey
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Devante Smith-Pelly
5Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Francois Beauchemin
3Hampus Lindholm
4Ben Lovejoy
5Sami Vatanen
6Clayton Stoner
7Mark Fistric
8Josh Manson
9Sheldon Souray
10Matt Clark
G1Frederik Andersen
2John Gibson
3Jason LaBarbera