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Best Swedish Canuck ever?

I was looking at Naslund's numbers, since there has been some talk that his number should be retired.  Naslund was a Canuck's Captain for a few years, and a great trade for Stojanov, but I just can't see retiring his number when I compare what he accomplished with what some other players accomplished who have played for the Canucks.  More importantly, some of these other players played in the finals, something Naslund never did.

The relative rarity of retired Canucks numbers is a good thing.  There have been a lot of good players for the Canucks over the years, but I can think of only one unretired number I would like to see sent to the rafters - maybe I'm biased, but I think that number (#27) was worn by Harold Snepts. 

Anyway, for the sake of perspective, here are the career numbers for another great Swedish player who spent 8 years in Vancouver.  On a points per game basis, his numbers were better than Nazzy's, though we have to acknowldege he played in a different era.  I'm talking of course about Thomas Gradin. 

Gradin's Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1978–79 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 20 31 51 22 3 4 1 5 4
1979–80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 30 45 75 22 4 0 2 2 0
1980–81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 21 48 69 34 3 1 3 4 0
1981–82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 37 49 86 32 17 9 10 19 10
1982–83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 32 54 86 61 4 1 3 4 2
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 75 21 57 78 32 4 0 1 1 2
1984–85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 22 42 64 43 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 14 27 41 34 3 2 1 3 2
1986–87 Boston Bruins NHL 64 12 31 43 18 4 0 4 4 0
NHL totals 677 209 384 593 298 42 17 25 42 20

 

Anyway, whose your vote for the best Swedish Canuck ever?

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