Canucks Season Preview Series: Dank, Hank, Hart and Art
[As we approach the start of the NHL regular season, we give our two cents about your Vancouver Canucks and the issues, questions and expectations from them in their 40th year anniversary.]
The 2009/2010 season is surely a season that Henrik and Daniel Sedin won’t soon forget. Both signed similar 5-year/$30.5 million contracts and both then proceeded to have the best season, statistically, of their careers.
Henrik finished with 29 goals, 83 assists and 112 points. His 29 goals were a career-high, his 83 assists were higher than any of his previous season point totals, and his 112 points won him the Art Ross. En route to the Art Ross, he overcame the extended absence of brother Daniel, who missed a quarter of the season due to injury, and joined the elite ranks of the NHL. For his efforts, he became the first Vancouver Canucks to win the Hart Memorial Trophy.
Even though Daniel missed 19 games, the first time the normally durable Swede has missed that many games in a season, he still put up 85 points and surpassed his previous career-high (84 points). If he was able to play a full season, this total would’ve prorated to 111 points, only 1 point less than Henrik.
Both also embedded themselves firmly in the Canucks community. After signing the largest contracts of their professional careers, they promptly turned around and donated $1.5 million to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
So what do the Sedins for an encore? At only 30 years of age, both are at the prime of their careers, and based on the preseason, neither show any sign of regressing. But can we – or should we – expect another record-breaking season to remember from them?
Richard: I don’t think Hank will break his career numbers from last year, but I expect we’ll see two 100 point players on the Canucks this season. With a healthy Henrik AND Daniel it’ll be fun to watch those two tear teams apart. They’re at the peak of their careers and while it wouldn’t surprise me if they hit the 110 point mark each this season, I’m not setting the expectation that high. Call it cautious optimism.
Chris: I might be the only one, but I’m hoping for just a solid contribution from the Sedins. Assuming they are healthy, I’m okay with an 80 – 90 point season from each, especially if the scoring is passed around between the second and third lines. We have to keep in mind that Hank’s going to look as if he’s wearing one or two opposing jerseys most nights, which in turn will limit his ability to set up Daniel like “tymes olde”.
J.J.: Since the lockout, only a few players have recorded 100 points in back-to-back seasons: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Dany Heatley. Even Joe Thornton, whose assist totals are normally close to Henrik’s, has broken the 100-point barrier once in the last 4 years (twice in his career) before settling in the 90-point range. While it’s not impossible, to expect Hank and Dank to produce at 100-point clip again is a bit much. Like Thornton, I expect the Sedins to produce in the 90-point range, which would still put them among the top-10 in the league in scoring. That’s not bad, right?
Sean from Nucks Misconduct: I just want them to do the bulk of the scoring. I’m not expecting 100 points each at all. I’d prefer more scoring done from the other lines because we tend to lose more when the Twins are kept off the scoresheet.