With Christmas on the horizon and the decade coming to a close, it is the perfect time to rank the best Canucks of the 2010’s. This is the Canucks Advent Calendar.
Each day until Christmas I will rank one player until we have the top 25 of the 2010’s. These Vancouver icons will be ranked on their statistics, impact on the city and overall play during their time with Vancouver. Rankings will be based on the player’s Vancouver tenure during the 2010’s only, prior seasons with the team will make little impact to the rankings.
2. Daniel Sedin (2000 – 2018)
Statistics: 1306 GP, 393 G, 648 A, 1041 PTS
Along with his brother Henrik, Daniel Sedin has been an iconic figure in Vancouver for the past decade. Daniel was taken second overall during the 1999 Draft. Initially, Daniel would need a few years to find out where he fit in the lineup. Once he determined his role, Daniel was elite. Daniel and Henrik were inseparable on the ice. The biggest difference in their game was that Daniel was more proficient at putting the puck in the net.
From 2000 to 2003 Daniel Sedin maintained a scoring rate of around 30 points a year. The young Swede was studying the game, trying to find his niche on a fairly talented Canucks squad. Daniel had an opportunity to play on the same team as Swedish great Markus Naslund. It’s fairly certain that Daniel learned something from the captain.
Daniel would hit the 50 point mark during the 2003-04 season. He would surpass the 70 point mark after the lockout year in 2005-06. Fans and analysts were sure at this point that Daniel was developing. The Swede’s slow start appeared to be just that. A slow start.
Taking a Bigger Role
The 2006-07 season was marked the first time that Daniel recorded over a point per game. Daniel was able to net over 30 goals for the first time as well. Although the Canucks would lose in the second round, they’re future would be bright under the Sedin twins.
Although Daniel’s point totals did regress slightly the following year, he was not deterred. His point totals went down by 10 compared to the previous season. Daniel only recorded 74 points. However, this was a transitional period. Older leaders on the Canucks had aged worsened while management began trying to build around the Sedins.
Now, with the Sedins officially at the forefront of the offense, the Canicks were ready to start building. Other younger players stepped up and the Canucks even added some top-six talent from free agency. Daniel was back to a point per game and the Canucks had another playoff berth to show for it.
Unfortunately, Daniel wasn’t able to play a full season the following year. With this being said, the Swede netted a career-best 85 points in just over 60 games. It was official, the Sedins were elite NHL talent. Daniel was able to score over a point per game in the playoffs but it wasn’t enough as Chicago eliminated the Canucks for the second consecutive postseason.
Henrik recorded the most points in the NHL while Daniel was injured during 2009-10. Daniel would be looking to match his brother during the 2010-11 campaign. He did just that. 41 goals and 104 points led to a career year for the Swede. This also earned him the Art Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL as well as the Ted Lindsey Award.
This wasn’t just a career year for Daniel, this was also a massive year for the Canucks. They were awarded the President’s trophy for the first time in history. The President’s Trophy is given to the best regular season team. Vancouver carried this momentum into the playoffs where they made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Daniel missed 10 games which combined with grueling playoffs during the previous season would’ve taken it’s tole. The Swede was able to net 31 goals but finished with just 67 points. However, this effort was enough to earn the Canucks their second President’s Trophy in franchise history. Unfortunately they were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
Final Years as a Canuck
Back to back seasons with point totals in the 40’s scared Canucks fans. With this being said, Daniel played under 50 games the one year and had John Tortorella coaching a defensive style the next. Still, fans were feeling that the era of the Sedins was coming to a close. They were swept in the 2013 playoffs and missed the playoffs in 2014 which solidified that point.
Management decided to try and squeeze everything that they could out of this core. They added some pieces and got rid of Tortorella for the 2014-15 season. This would get the Canucks back to a playoff spot. This ‘retooling’ also revitalized Daniel for a brief stint. He was able to put up 76 points that year before losing in six games during the first round of the playoffs.
Daniel played three final seasons as a Canuck before retiring in 2018. His final seasons were very similar. The Canucks finished at the bottom of the conference while he fluctuated between 60 and 40 points each year. The King Clancy Trophy was awarded to him and his brother at the end of their final season due to their leadership.
Both Sedin twins are scheduled to have their jerseys retired later this season. These two are the most iconic players in Canucks history. They are the only two Canucks to ever win an Art Ross Trophy. Daniel was an elite goalscorer and a great leader. For these reasons among others, Daniel Sedin is the second most impactful Canuck of the 2010’s.
I hope that you have enjoyed this installment of the Canucks Advent Calendar! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next player on the list!
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