Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin Takes His Place as the Franchise Scoring Leader

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Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin Takes His Place as the Franchise Scoring Leader
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On Friday February 15th 2013, Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks' all-time franchise scoring leader.

And he did so in typical Sedin fashion, making a pair of beautiful passes through traffic to set up goals, rather than taking the spotlight and scoring himself.

Entering the game against the Dallas Stars a point behind Markus Naslund’s 756 points in a Vancouver uniform, the Canucks captain picked up a pair of assists in the second period. 

The first assist came about as Henrik battled behind the net and then fed his brother Daniel (who else?) at the side of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The second assist came a few minutes later as the Canucks broke into the Dallas zone on a line rush, and Henrik feathered a saucer pass through several defenders to a wide-open Alex Burrows, who snapped home the 3-1 goal. 

Those two points pulled Henrik ahead of Naslund on the scoring charts, and started a five-minute standing ovation, which was capped by a pre-recorded video from former Canucks captains Naslund and Trevor Linden to congratulate Henrik on his accomplishment.

The current standings look like this:

Henrik Sedin: 757 points

Markus Naslund: 756 points

Trevor Linden: 733 points

Former Canucks Captains Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund salute Henrik's accomplishment.
Daniel Sedin: 718 points

 

How has Henrik managed to accumulate so many points? 

Obviously he has great skill, but he is both extremely durable and also consistent.

Henrik hasn’t missed a game since the lockout. The 2004-2005 lockout to be exact. That is seven full 82-game seasons and counting without missing a game.

In his entire 12-season career, Henrik has only missed a total of 12 games. He is currently holds the second-longest active streak in the NHL, second to reigning iron man Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames.

Henrik is also extremely consistent. If you are a Canucks fan, you can pretty much bank on Henrik being a point-per-game player every year. And if you are an opposing fan, you can also bet on Henrik showing up on a highlight reel making one of your defenders look foolish. 

Since the 2006-2007 season, when the old guard of Naslund and Bertuzzi gave way to the Sedin twins as the top line in Vancouver, Henrik has posted 75-, 81-, 76-, 82-, 112-, 94- and 81-point seasons, averaging 86 points per season. 

The obvious high point was his 112-point season in 2009-2010 when he won the Art Ross trophy, but even Henrik’s “low” seasons of 75 and 76 points weren’t too far off a point-per-game pace.

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Henrik salutes the standing ovation from the crowd after his record-setting point.
And Canucks fans can look forward to Henrik, as well as Daniel, continuing this high level of play for several more years.

While he and Daniel did turn 32 during the latest lockout, the Sedins’ game doesn’t depend on brute force or speed, two of the attributes that tend to decay first as athletes pass their prime.  

Rather, it is intelligence, deft passing and an uncanny ability to know where everyone is on the ice without looking that allows the Sedins to rack up points. 

They are also amongst the best-conditioned athletes on the Canucks, and Henrik at least has never suffered a major injury that might slow him down long-term.

The Sedins should be able to carry their elite level of play into their mid-30s if not longer, and with both Alex Burrows and Zack Kassian as potential right wingers, there shouldn’t be any problems finding a linemate to mesh with their unique style. 

Don’t be surprised if Henrik ends up with more than a thousand points in a Vancouver uniform, which would be a fitting accomplishment for one of the best playmakers in the modern NHL.

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