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Canucks Player Autopsy: Daniel Sedin

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Sean and westy99 join forces to bring you the Canucks Player Autopsy on our favorite Swedish winger, Daniel Sedin.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Who is this guy?

Postion: LW

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 187 lbs

Born: September 26, 1980 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

What'd he do?

Daniel Sedin was part of Vancouver's first line with Henrik Sedin and guest appearances by Radim Vrbata, Alex Burrows, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen. The 34-year old winger played in all 82 games (Henrik was the only other Canuck to play in every game), scoring 20 goals with 56 assists for 76 points. He led the team in assists and points and beat his brother in all three categories (G, A and Pts) for the first time since 2003-04.

Point Production Even Strength

Lines

Pts

% of Pt total

EV

SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK - VRBATA,RADIM

20

26.32%

EV

BURROWS,ALEXANDRE - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

11

14.47%

EV

SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

6

7.89%

EV

KASSIAN,ZACK - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

4

5.26%

Line Combinations @ Even Strength

EV

SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK - VRBATA,RADIM

45.4%

EV

BURROWS,ALEXANDRE - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

25.61%

EV

KASSIAN,ZACK - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

9.49%

EV

HANSEN,JANNIK - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

3.94%


The two charts above (thanks dobberhockey) show that Daniel with Radim or Burrows is equally effective. And Daniel with Kass would be interesting. It also seems that they just can’t separate Daniel and Henrik.

So was he any good?

You're damn right he was. Daniel Sedin returned to form in 2014/15 after a poor year under Torts. Daniel's 76 points were the most since 2010/11 when he had a career-best 104 points. While he'll likely never be the scorer he once was in his prime, Daniel's 20 goals ranked second on the team behind Vrbata. Overall, it was a nice bounce-back year for Daniel after one of the worst year's of his career last year in terms of production.

Season

Games

Points

SH%

Corsi For%

Fenwick For %

O/D/St%

Ice time/gm

2014-2015

82

76

8.8

58.7

58.6

54.9

18:21

2013-2014

73

47

7.1

62.7

62.6

60

20:36

2012-2013

47

40

8.6

67.5

65.1

65.5

19:01

2011-2012

72

67

8.6

66.9

65.1

80.4

18:48


What did we like?

First and foremost, anytime you can play an entire NHL season without missing a game, that speaks volumes. According to NHL.com, only 85 out of 882 players in the league played in every game this season. Less than 10 percent of players appeared in every game, and Daniel was one of those. This was also the first time since 2010/11 that Daniel played in all 82 games.

Daniel also turned into an assist machine, something that was usually Henrik's job. His 56 assists this year not only led the team, but also tied for third-most in the NHL along with Sidney Crosby and just four assists behind Nicklas Backstrom, who led the NHL with 60 assists. Daniel's 56 assists were the second-most in a season for his career. The scoring might be declining, but it appears as if he's finding new ways to produce.

Cool. So what did we hate?

Sure, all the assists were great. But the scoring took a hit. The last time Daniel scored fewer goals while playing all 82 games was all the way back in 2003/04 when he scored 18 goals in 82 games. Sadly enough, a lot of that probably has to do with the fact that Daniel hasn't found the Fountain of Youth yet, and it's unlikely this will get significantly better in the future.

Daniel's shooting percentage also took a hit this year. His 8.8 percent shooting percentage was the fourth-lowest of his career. While it was an improvement over last year's 7.1 percent shooting percentage, it marked just the fourth time in his career that Daniel had a shooting percentage under 10 percent. The scoring chances are going down, which I'm sure is in part due to the fact that Daniel isn't a young pup anymore.

SedinD

Daniel also struggled to score on the power play this year with just 4 goals. The only time Daniel scored less power play goals in a full season was in 2003/04 when he scored just once on the advantage. The Canucks improved drastically on the power play this year, finishing the year ranked 9th (19.3%), compared to 26th (15.2%) last year. Unfortunately, Daniel didn't do much to help out with that improvement.

Daniel was -6 at home. You can thank two really bad games against San Jose for -4 of those.

So what now?

Along with his brother Henrik, Daniel turns 35 this September. I'm still relatively new to the sport of hockey, but in my opinion, Daniel (and his brother) are far from finished. Daniel is under contract with the Canucks for three more years, which probably should take him pretty close to the end of his career. I think this first year under Willie Desjardins was a great way for Daniel to get used to seeing less ice time, a trend that'll probably continue as the Canucks start to plan for life without the Sedins that'll be here sooner than we'd like to admit. I expect to see another similar year for Daniel as he finds new ways to produce as Father Time starts to catch up with him.

Sean's rating for Daniel Sedin: A-

Would've been a solid A had he found ways to produce more on the power play, especially considering how dreadful the second power play unit was. But when you can get 56 assists and 76 points out of a 34-year old, that's not too shabby.

westy99's rating for Daniel Sedin: A-

Great season compared to last year and compared to the rest of the players in the NHL.