After a mediocre first five games and a 2-2-1 record that reflects their inconsistent start to the NHL season, the Canucks are about to get a huge boost.

Make that a jump-start, because that's what the return of Ryan Kesler amounts to.

When Kesler confirmed following practice on Monday that he was ready to play in Tuesday's game against the visiting New York Rangers, the Canucks instantly got better in a number of ways. They'll be better in the face-off circle, they'll be better on special teams and — perhaps most importantly — we should begin to see some signs of the secondary scoring that's mostly gone missing in the early going.