Jason Garrison D VAN Jan 19 '13

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin is opening the season with high hopes for new Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison.

"I knew Jason had a great shot but he has been a nice surprise for all of us," Sedin said. "He reads the play really well. He's really calm with the puck and he makes the easy play all the time." Goalie Cory Schneider faced Garrison in both Canuck scrimmages this week and was also impressed. "I saw about 15 of his shots so he's a shoot-first defenseman, which is great," Schneider commented. "I think we've all been very impressed with his fitness and his strength and I think he's going to be a big minute-eater for us this year." Garrison likely will play alongside Alex Edler on the power-play point.

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