Daniel and Henrik Sedin: They Aren't "Sisters," They're the "Wonder Twins"

daniel lockwoodContributor IJuly 15, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks takes part in warmups prior to his game against he New York Islanders on November 17, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

OK, it was funny the first time.  Maybe when they were younger and looked so young,   but get it straight now... they are indeed the Wonder Twins.

Daniel and Henrik are probably the two most underrated superstars in the NHL.  

Sure, there are other flashier and more transcendent talents.  There are the Ovechkins and Crosbys.  Malkin, Iginla, Datsyuk and Parise all had more points.  The Sedins were tied for 14th with 82 points last year.

They are also the only players in the Top 15 outside of the Cup Champs ,Malkin and Crosby, and Iginla and Cammalleri in Calgary last year that are in that elite company on the same team.

The Flames other half of that one-two is in Montreal now.

Having watched the Sedins all the years they have been here, I get how some fans of other teams don't get it.  I have sat in the stands yelling "SHOOT" a couple times myself.  Now I have learnt to just watch and enjoy their talent.  Their sublime passes and fantastic vision of the ice, this preternatural KNOWING where the other is could only come from being Twins.

A funny thing happened last year.  When AV put Burrows on their line, he expected him to bang and get them the puck.  He may have even thought that Burrows could give some offense with the Twins.  But he also changed their game.

The Sedins still can cycle better than anyone in the NHL.  But they also create offense off the rush.  On the breakout, they may not be the fastest skaters in the league. But where they are, like MOST players...fast enough when it counts.

Watching them with Burrows last year, by the end of the season, they were roughing it up after whistles.  Making hits.  People forget that they are both 6'2" and in very good shape.

 Both have played since '99 and both have missed less than 10 games in that time.  They take the hits, and it doesn't bother them.  Every Canuck fan remembers Daniel getting a stick in the mouth and losing teeth...and still scoring last year.  (The second half of the season game escapes me, I think the Wild for some reason. Please correct me if I am wrong)

Watch next year.  They go into the corner in the offensive zone, and while not shaking the boards, waaayyyyy more often than not they come out with the puck.

 Keep getting better and let the team grow around you. Other teams' fans may call you "sister" to try for the cheap laugh. Canuck fans will just watch in "wonder"...and appreciate how you play the game.