Chris Higgins knows what the Vancouver Canucks are getting in David Booth.

The left winger was acquired Saturday from the Florida Panthers along with Steven Reinprecht and a third-round 2013 draft pick for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

"I think we'll welcome David with open arms," said Higgins, who'll likely shift to the right side on the second line, with Booth on the left, Ryan Kesler in the middle and Cody Hodgson out of the mix. "I played with him in Florida a bit and he kind of reminds me of Kes with the way he can skate and how powerful he is. I think he'll be a great addition to the team because he's a powerful, powerful skater and has a real strong body. He wins a lot of battles and has phenomenal speed with a great wrist shot. I think he'll find his role on this team pretty quickly."

When he was acquired at the trade deadline last February, Higgins quickly learned how high the performance bar was set in the dressing room and how accountable players are to each other. And despite coming from the sad-sack Panthers who play in obscurity, the 6-foot, 212 pound Detroit native isn't expected to lose a step despite suffering two serious concussions in his career and failing to score through six games this season. He had 23 goals last season and had 280 shots — 12th highest in the league. He had 31 goals in 2008-09 and played minor hockey with Kesler.