Markus, Trevor, the Steamer… and the Sedins?
With the Sedins now locked up for another 5 years with a no-movement clause – a contract term that will take them to 14 years of service with the Vancouver Canucks – it may be time to start paying attention to where they stand among the franchise’s all-time leading scorers.
CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN POINTS
CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN GOALS
CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN ASSISTS
In fact, the Sedins only need to average 60 points per season for the next 5 seasons to catch up to Markus Naslund as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Considering both have been almost point-per-game players since the lockout – Henrik has averaged 0.96 P/G and Daniel has averaged 0.95 P/G – that’s not much of a stretch. (*knock on wood*)
Henrik is 64 assists shy of Trevor Linden’s franchise-high 415 career assists. For what it’s worth, Henrik has averaged 64 assists/season in the last 3 seasons; it’s certainly possible for him to catch up to Trevor this season.
Daniel has his work cut out for him to catch up to Markus Naslund’s franchise-high 346 career goals. He’s 165 goals back, and thus would need to average 33 goals in each of the next 5 seasons to catch to him during the term of this contract. What is probably more within reach is the franchise-lead in powerplay goals scored (Daniel has 67 PPG, Markus’ franchise mark is 114), game-winning goals (Daniel has 36 GWG, Markus’ franchise mark is 49), and overtime goals (Daniel has 7 OT goals, Brendan Morrison’s franchise mark is 9).
Rightly or wrongly, I know Canucks fans have had a hard time accepting the Sedins as elite-level players. I wonder if this changes if they catch up to – and surpass – Markus’, Trevor’s and the Steamer’s franchise records.