"I simply desired to understand the process of everything," Roussel stated. Roussel played 4 years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League but went undrafted."I understood it was going to be a long procedure," Roussel said. At five-foot-11 and 199 pounds Roussel brings a grit the Canucks need."He's been a big motivation to me, a big brother," Roussel said.

Roussel had not played considering that suffering a severe knee injury versus the New York Rangers on March 13. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Even after he began skating once again, the Canucks didn't hurry Roussel back into the lineup. That investment paid dividends as Roussel returned totally confident in his knee.

"I'm not even fretted about it to be honest with you," he stated. "If I would have started possibly a month previously, maybe I could have played however I would have stressed a lot and not been the exact same on the ice.

"Right now, I put the brace on, do an excellent warmup and I really anticipate the video game."

At five-foot-11 and 199 pounds Roussel brings a grit the Canucks require. Personable and constantly smiling, he's also a positive influence in the dressing room.

"It's been insane," captain Bo Horvat said. "He's simply adhering to his video game. He's not changing how he is as a gamer.

"He strives, he goes to the net hard and he's getting rewarded for it. It's not simple to come back after eight months and do that example. We're pleased to have him back."

Head coach Travis Green couldn't smile however help when Roussel scored his very first objective.

"Whenever you see a man go through an injury of that magnitude and be out that long, as coaches, as colleagues, you're delighted for a player to return in, never mind what he gives our group when he's playing," Green said. "People do not see what goes on behind the scenes emotionally. The ups and down physically, the tough work you need to put in."

Roussel's return began the very same night Vancouver acknowledged his close friend Alex Burrows by inducting the former forward into the Canucks' Ring of Honour.

When he scored, Roussel celebrated by patting his heart then indicating the area in Rogers Arena where Burrows' name and photo hangs.

"He's been a huge inspiration to me, a huge brother," Roussel stated. "We trained together for 10 years in the summertime. I discovered so much from him."

Roussel plans to keep playing hockey for a couple of more years, but knowing he can have a profession in maple syrup production assists sweeten ideas of retirement.

"My mama constantly [tells] me you need to have choices," he stated. "It's good I have a concept what I can do. You don't wish to enter into retirement not understanding what you can do with it.

"It makes my life easier."

Roussel ratings twice in win over Sabres:

The Vancouver Canucks blew a pair of 2 goals leads, but handled to leave with a 6-5 win thanks to J.T. Miller's objective in overtime. 1:54

Being back on the ice is the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

"It was challenging, it was hard," Roussel said. "You see the league going and you are sidelined. I knew it was going to be a process.

"The hardest part begins now, returning in the league, returning into the rate. The league is much better and better every year. I simply need to stay up to date with it and remain ahead."

Difficult work and perseverance are part of Roussel's DNA.

Born in Roubaix, France, Roussel played rugby prior to switching to hockey. He relocated to Canada with his household when he was 16, settling in Quebec.

Roussel played 4 years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League however went undrafted. After stints in the American Hockey league and ECHL, he ultimately signed with the Dallas Stars in 2012.

After six seasons with Dallas, Roussel signed as a totally free agent with the Canucks in July 2018.

In 65 games last season, Roussel had a career-high 31 points prior to tearing anterior and medical collateral ligaments in his knee in a March 13 video game versus the New York Rangers.

"I understood it was going to be a long procedure," Roussel stated. "I didn't wish to leave myself on the couch thinking too much about how it was going.

"I kept myself hectic, so I didn't have excessive time on my hands. Some young guys with the exact same surgical treatment might not have so much to do."