Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler thinks he'll be ready to play in time for the season opener.

Kesler had surgery to repair the labrum in his hip four weeks ago and was expected to be out of action for 10-12 weeks. But he is optimistic he'll be in the lineup when the Canucks open the season Oct. 6 at home to Pittsburgh.

"I'll start skating here in the next couple of weeks and hopefully be back by that first game," Kelser told Canucks TV. "I know what it takes. I know the rehab. It might even make me braver to try things I probably shouldn't be trying, but it's going to make me come back quicker and hopefully I can play in that first game."

Kesler is experienced in matters of the hip. He had the same sort of surgery in 2007 and was back playing after just 10 weeks, nearly a month sooner than expected.

In 2010-11, Kesler had 41 goals and 32 assists in 82 games. He also won the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.