In June 1999, the Vancouver Canucks made arguably the greatest decision in franchise history when then-general manager Brian Burke traded up in the draft to take Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the second and third overall picks, respectively. Had Burke not taken the risk and made the moves he did, there is no doubt that the twins and now Canuck superstars would be on different teams.
This raises a good question—would the Sedin twins dominate in the same matter they do today if they were on separate teams?
Looking back on the 31-year-olds' careers, the two brothers' statistics are practically identical up until the 2009-10 season, when Daniel missed 19 games due to a broken foot suffered against the Montreal Canadiens. These 19 games would prove huge for the more pass-happy brother in Daniel, who put up a total of 29 goals on the season to go along with 83 assists, good enough for 112 points. That total brought with it an Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer and a Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP.
Apart from the 2009-10 season, the Sedin's dominance has been absolutely about them being together on the same line and same team. It would be unfair to say they would still dominate a game if they were on separate teams, but they would still have the potential be play star players. The two could not cycle a puck down low like they do together, or bewilder opponents with some of the passes they make if they were not on the same team, but they would both bring star qualities to whatever team they would be playing for.
In Henrik, you get a terrific passer, and if paired with a star goal scorer, he would have a field day with Hank passing the puck tape-to-tape and finding the openings for him. Henrik is also not scared to try and dig away at the puck and fight for it. So with Henrik on his own, you get a motivated, hard-working, smart puck-possession player.
On the other hand, with Daniel you get a fairly pure scorer. In his 12 years on the Canucks' roster, Daniel has put up 20-plus goals four times, 30-plus three times (including his 30 goals this season) and 41 goals once (last season). So in eight of 12 seasons, he has put up great goal-scoring numbers. There is no question Daniel could thrive on his own in terms of goal scoring, but only if he had a passer similar to that of the skill of Henrik.
It would be easier for Henrik to play without his brother purely based on the fact that he is not counted on to score as much as Daniel is, and pairing Hank with a scorer is much easier for a team to do.
Neither Sedin would dominate, however, if they were not on the same team. The Sedins are a package deal, and the ways they take over games only can be done if they are together. No other players could compliment the Sedins in such a way that they could absolutely dominate a game, a team and a league.
John Bain is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist.
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