The Best All-Time Canuck at Each Position
The Vancouver Canucks have been a part of the NHL for over 40 years. And while we haven't had the chance to see them win the Stanley Cup quite yet, we have had the opportunity to enjoy watching some incredible and exciting players.
The following are just a few of many that have captured our attention over the years.
Center: Henrik Sedin (2000-Present)
Henrik Sedin is the current captain for the Canucks. He leads the team in all-time points and assists, and given his apparent invincibility (hasn't missed a game since 2003-04 season), he'll pass Trevor Linden for games played in just over a year (assuming the Canucks resign him). He is a former Art Ross winner and is one of the best passers the game has ever seen.
Henrik is the best center the team has ever seen, and we'll likely be saying that for decades to come.
Runner up: Trevor Linden (1988-98, 2001-08)
Left Wing: Daniel Sedin (2000-Present)
Daniel Sedin may not have as many points or games played as his brother, and he may not wear the "C." But the Canucks' all-time leader in goals, an Art Ross trophy of his own and a career plus-178 rating is more than enough to be crowned the best left winger in Canucks' history.
Runner up: Markus Naslund (1995-2008)
Right Wing: Pavel Bure (1991-98)
Pavel Bure is not only the most dangerous scorer in Canuck history, but one of the most dangerous in NHL history.
Bure is simply the fastest, most talented and most exciting player to wear a Canuck uniform. In 428 games with Vancouver, Bure racked up 254 goals and 478 points, including back-to-back 60-goal seasons (the eighth player in NHL history to do so).
Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year, and the Vancouver Canucks are scheduled to retire his jersey this Saturday, Nov. 2.
Runner up: Stan Smyl (1978-91)
Defense: Mattias Ohlund (1997-2009)
Mattias Ohlund may not have been an easy choice like the previous three players, but I do believe he is the best defender to ever suit up for the team.
Ohlund brought everything to the table when he played; he was solid at both ends of the ice; he hit, he shot and he fought.
It was a pleasure to watch Ohlund play in Vancouver, and it has been truly saddening to see how his career has shaped up since signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Runner up: Harold Snepsts (1974-90)
Goalie: Roberto Luongo (2006-Present)
At some point during the Roberto Luongo / Cory Schneider fiasco, it escaped us that Luongo is a world-class goaltender and the best to ever stand between the pipes in a Canuck uniform.
Although I believe it would not have taken long for Schneider to top this list had it turned out differently, the numbers don't lie; Luongo is the all-time Canuck leader for both wins and shutouts.
Let's hope he has a Stanley Cup ring to put next to his Olympic gold medal before he calls it a career.
Runner up: Kirk McLean (1987-98)
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