Apr 10, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison (5) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Defenceman Jason Garrison Working on Improving His Skating

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison is working on improving his skating this offseason at the Vancouver Hockey School.

He is working with well-known skating coach Derek Popke at the Richmond Ice Centre not because his skating is bad, but because Garrison wants to keep on improving.

“I personally want to take my game to another level,” Garrison told the Richmond Review. “Ultimately, every summer, I want to come into the next year feeling better than the last.”

Garrison realizes there is always a younger player that is coming after his spot.

“There are always so many guys that want your spot,” Garrison explained. “You have to not only maintain your skills but grow them. For me that happens in the summer, skating with these guys—a lot of whom are young and have a lot of energy and are trying to get to that next level. You can always be better no matter who you are.”

The native of White Rock, B.C. put up eight goals and 16 points in 47 games in his debut season as a Canuck. Prorated over a 82 game season, Garrison would have had 14 goals and 14 assists.

Garrison tied Alexander Edler in goal scoring amongst defenceman, which isn’t bad considering he was mostly used on the second power play unit and there was a stretch where he wasn’t even playing on the man advantage.

Canucks will be looking for him to improve on his goal output and duplicate the 16 he had in the 2011-12 season with the Florida Panthers.

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