In the short 41-year history of the Vancouver Canucks organization, there have been years of brilliance to go along with years of turmoil. But despite the four-decade long rollercoaster ride, the output of stars has been excellent.
Regardless of their generation, most diehard Canucks fans will look at players who made playoff runs with the team, more specifically players in the 1994 and 2011 run.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are definitely in the top five Canucks of all time, but not No. 1 just yet. As of right now the top five Vancouver Canucks of all time have to be:
- 1) Pavel Bure
- 2) Daniel/Henrik Sedin
- 3) Trevor Linden
- 4) Markus Naslund
- 5) Stan Smyl
- Honorable Mentions: Mattias Ohlund, Kirk McLean & Roberto Luongo
One player stands between the Sedin Twins and being the best players the Vancouver Canucks have ever had; Pavel Bure. Bure may be untouchable at the top of the list purely based on skill and how exciting he was to watch night in and night out. Bure played just 428 games in a Canucks uniform, but mustered two consecutive 60-goal seasons to go along with a 51-goal year in his final season in Vancouver. It is unlikely either Sedin will ever touch those numbers.
Although the Sedins are closing in on both Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund for points in a Canucks uniform and could potentially pass them both this season, they still sit behind Bure as the greatest player in Canucks history. In terms of all-around Canucks, as in embodying the spirit of the franchise, the Sedins would be second to only the Canuck himself Trevor Linden.
Linden embodies everything a Canucks fan looks for and adores in the team. He will be equally remembered for his tremendous play on the ice as well as his contributions off the ice. Much like Linden the Sedins are leaders in the community, particularly in their participation alongside BC Children's Hospital and the Canucks for Kids foundations, two organizations Linden was and still is heavily involved in.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are well on their way to becoming the Canucks' all-time greatest players if they keep doing what they have been, especially if they propel the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. They may not be the most explosive or beloved players in Canucks history, but when they retire from the league there is no doubt Canucks fans will look back with a different perception of the once "young, undersized and soft Swedish kids" to quite possibly the greatest thing to ever happen to the team.
If the Sedins finish out their careers as members of the Canucks, No. 22 and No. 33 could be joining Markus Naslund's No. 19, Trevor Linden's No. 16 and Stan Smyl's No. 12 in the rafters of Rogers Arena.
John Bain is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist
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