Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison says he’s ready to go if the season begins.
“I’m progressing and coming along real well because I’m putting the work in, and it’s showing,” Garrison tells the Province. “Each and every day it feels better, and there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be ready to go. It’s good to get more of a game-like situation [skating with the UBC Thunderbirds] and test it under those conditions.”
Garrison, along with fellow defenceman Alex Edler, skated regularly with his Canucks teammates in September, but both mysteriously disappeared when the lockout began. It was revealed Garrison was dealing with a groin injury while Edler has a bulging disc in his back.
Edler and Garrison are expected to form the team’s second defence pairing and it would be a blow to the team if both could not start the season. The Canucks have traditionally started slow under head coach Alain Vigneault and in a shortened season, every game is that much more important.
Garrison is also expected to be the trigger man for the team’s first power play unit. Coach Vigneault revealed those plans last week saying he would like to see Edler man the left point and setting up Garrison, the left-hand shot, at the right point for one-timers.