Apr 10, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison (5) takes a shot against the Calgary Flames during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver Canucks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' John Tortorella: Jason Garrison Will Be Used On Both Sides

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison showed last season that he could play the right side (and do it very well) despite being a left-handed shot and no prior experience doing so.

Canucks head coach John Tortorella says he expects to see Garrison spend some time there again this season.

“I’m not saying we’ll start him there [on the right side], but it’s good to know that he can play both sides,” Tortorella told the media. “You never know when you cut down your bench or situational play against a certain line.

“It’s always nice to know that a defenceman can play both sides. I’m sure [Garrison] will get some time there.”

Whether Garrison plays the left side or right side appears to be dependent on if its the left-handed Andrew Alberts or the right-handed Yannick Weber that draws into the lineup as the sixth defenceman.

That spot appears to be up for grabs.

“I have a pretty good idea what the [top] five [defencemen] are—we don’t know what the sixth is,” Tortorella said.  “A lot of things could happen, but right now that’s where we’re at.”

It can be assumed Garrison will be playing the right side on the power play for the one-timer at the right point.

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