The Swedish Twins Of My Dreams...And They Live In Vancouver
For the past three years, I've had these two Swedish twins as a part of my fantasy team (I'm talking about hockey!).
Henrik, and Daniel Sedin. Daniel, No. 22, and Henrik, No. 33, have shown, and are still showing Vancouver and the rest of the league how dangerous a line with good chemistry can be.
Just take a quick glance at Henrik and Daniel's career stats. Now, I didn't link you to the same stat page twice. They're just that good together. It almost seems like it doesn't matter who Vigneault throws in there as the right winger to accompany this dynamic duo. They're just that good.
The Sedin brothers are participating in their 8th NHL season, all of them with the Canucks, together. As you can see from their stats page, even their junior hockey career was spent alongside each other. During the lockout, they headed back home and played for their old club, together, in the Swedish Elite League. Even go back to the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Daniel was picked 2nd overall, Henrik was picked 3rd. They're inseparable, and unstoppable.
It's no surprise to me that it is rumored that the twins are seeking a 'no separation clause' in their upcoming contracts. With their history of always being together, why not? Who is going to split them up and take one and not the other?
They know how productive they are and how significant the other is to their success in the NHL. Look at their career point total, it speaks volumes. Daniel Sedin: 439 points; Henrik Sedin: 435.
This is why they're near the top of my fantasy picks every year. I can't just pick one. Once I pick the first twin, I HAVE to select the second one next. When the Canucks are hot, my team is hot.
If the Canucks score four goals, you can bet the Sedins factored in at least two of them. And if one of them factored, there's a good chance the other one did, resulting in me dominating my opponent that week.
Granted, it backfires a little if the Canucks go on a skid, but as two forwards on the top line of an offensive team, I'll still get points from them. If only I had a better strategy for the rest of my team.
They've also had the blessing of having good health—both of them. Between the two of them, they've yet to have a season where they play less than 75 games, eight seasons with 82 games played, and both of them have skated in all 60 of the Canucks' matches this year. Consistently top notch, and consistently healthy. A coach's and GM's dream.
I seriously am at a loss to state anything BAD about these two brothers. Can you think of anything? 60-80 point scorers, an unprecedented playing history together, and fans love them. They're funny, polite, and skilled. True role models of the NHL.
The only thing bad I can say is that they might get pricey if they continue to produce the way they do. Can you imagine Vancouver ever letting these two go? Ouch. I wouldn't be able to bare watching them in anything else but blue, white, and green.
Once, after a game Henrik was too tired to do the post game interview, so he had his brother Daniel do it for him. What a brother!! Nobody knew or noticed, either, until they mentioned it in an NHL.com interview months later.
I almost forgot about their international play. Yes, they play for team Sweden, together, of course. They were a key element to the Swedish prevalence in the Olympics in 2006.
Yes, that's right, together, the Sedins and the rest of the Swedes of the NHL took down Canada, Russia, and the rest of the world to win the gold medal in Turin. These twins are special.
Here's to the Sedins, for showing us fans about family, hard work, and having a good time while keeping a passion to win.
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