A look at Henrik’s milestone filled season
This weekend was a big weekend for the Canucks, their fans, the record books and King Henrik himself. Henrik’s play has been phenomenal this season. Even when “slumping” on the road he managed to pull things together on the tail end of the trip and end up at a point per game pace. His assault on the record books this year has been nothing short of impressive and here’s a break down of what he’s done.
Canucks All Time Assists Leader: On Saturday Henrik tied Trevor Linden’s all time assists record with his 415th assist on a feed to none other than his brother Daniel. Because of that it only seemed fitting that he should break the assist record on an assist to his brother again as the two got Vancouver on the board early in their Sunday affair with the Flames. Henrik’s 416 assists marks a new Canucks franchise record and the impressive thing is he’s done it in 425 fewer games and our beloved Trevor Linden.
All Time Scoring Center: Henrik’s record tying assist also marked his 551st point making him the Canucks all time leading scorer over former Canucks center Thomas Gradin. While Gradin did it in exactly 100 fewer games, his point per game average over his career is something I think Henrik will catch up to in years to come.
Best Single Season Center: On top of the records that Henrik has been knocking down like Mark Messier downs Lays potato chips was something that certainly flew under the radar. With Henrik’s 92nd point he became the highest scoring Canucks center since Patrick Sundstrom scored 91 points (38 goals) in the 1984 season. The fact he has 13 more games to go means that record is going to be obliterated (Knock on wood).
Career Bests: So far this season Henrik has broken his career bests for goals and points and sitting with the league lead in assists in the NHL it wouldn’t be unexpected for him to break his single season assists record too. He’s positioned himself to hit the 30 goal plateau for the first time in his career and with 13 games to go this season it’ll mark another achievement for him in this season that’s already seen him rewrite his professional resume with his improved play.
Single Season Assists Record: Henrik’s league lead in assists is 65. His Canucks record for assists in a season is 71. With 13 games to go, and the pace at which he’s racking up points, coupled with the fact that a majority of games are at home, he’s giving Canucks fans another milestone to countdown to and get excited over.
Canucks Plus/Minus Record: Last year Willie Mitchell was on pace to beat the Canucks single season plus/minus record and fell short at the end of the year. The record of +35 held by Marek Malik and Pavel Bure is set at the end of an 82 game schedule so Henrik has 13 games to make it happen. Henrik’s plus/minus is right now sees him tied with his brother Daniel (fittingly) at +35 and the team lead. With their dominant 5-on-5 play and the way, they’ve put themselves in a good position yet again.
Single Season Points Record: This is a little bit more of a stretch, but the post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it. If you do some simple math, Henrik’s right now on pace for 112 points. Pavel Bure currently holds the Canucks records for most points in a single season at 110. The Canucks haven’t had a 100 point scorer since the last time they had a 90 point scorer which was back in the 2002-03 season when Naslund finished the year off with 104.
NHL Points Race: Henrik’s play at home has been nothing short of dominating. With the majority of his games at home and with Ovechkin in his sights, the NHL points race is going to come down to the wire. He sits a few points away from Ovechkin and with a potential Ovechkin suspension looming Henrik could really take over the standings over the course of the next week. It’s not unreasonable to consider when you look at the way Samuelsson’s finding the back of the net and they way the Sedins have always played off each other.