If adversity builds character, then David Booth is among the league leaders in eternal hope.
From knee, groin and ankle injuries that made many wonder if the Vancouver Canucks winger was a better buy-out option once healthy — rather than the best candidate to play with Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows — the always-optimistic Booth was back on the practice ice Wednesday.
He’s expected to play at some point in the NHL preseason after March ankle surgery, in which screws re-attached his fibula and tibia and kept them in place. All this after suffering a groin injury in an initial training-camp skating test a year ago that cost him the first 14 games of the lockout season.
Booth was limited to a dozen games last season and managed all of one empty-net goal. He must prove worthy of a contract that pays $4.25 million US annually the next two seasons.
If adversity does build character, then the 28-year-old Detroit native could finally...