NHL Playoff Preview: Henrik Sedin Poised To Be This Year's Breakout Star

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IApril 13, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 4: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks gets ready for the start the first period of the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on April 04, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday and while there has been much talk once again about a possible Ovechkin-Crosby II going on this year in the Eastern Conference, there has been little talk about one of the games best players and the Art Ross trophy winner, Henrik Sedin.

Sedin and his twin brother Daniel, have had career years in Vancouver and are poised to take the Canucks over the hump and get the Canucks back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994, when Trevor Linden took a stellar Canucks team to a Game Seven loss to the New York Rangers in what is one of the greatest series in Stanley Cup History.

Henrik Sedin has been overlooked for a variety of reasons over the years, at the start of his career he was buried behind the legendary Morrison-Naslund-Bertuzzi line that wreaked havoc on the league during its heyday, the Canucks also play in the pacific time zone so most American viewers don't get the chance to watch the Canucks play

But all of that should change this year, the Canucks have a chance to make a run at the Cup in addition to Henrik and Daniel's play they have one of the game's best goalies in Roberto Luongo, and two of the games best two way forwards in Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows

They bring a chemistry that no one in the league has, with each of the twins setting each other up for highlight goals on a nightly basis, Henrik is the more skilled of the two, and is arguably the leagues MVP this season as he has outscored superstars Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Patrick Kane.

Henrik Sedin and his finesse game is the thing to watch during the playoffs, and by the
June he will be one of the games biggest stars, you heard it here first.