Who?: Henrik Sedin
Born: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden on September 26th, 1980
Drafted: 3rd overall, 1999 Entry Draft
If there was ever a constant in this game we all love, it was that Henrik and his brother Daniel had the most clearly defined roles we’ve ever seen on this team. Daniel, the scorer, and Henrik was the setup man. It was never more clear than this season, as the stats line shows.
A 50 point season in today’s NHL is certainly a solid one, and given their age and the kind of offensive prowess the team displayed this past season (ahem...), it was a clear sign that while they were regressing, the Sedins went out while still very much effective players. The goal total was a bit surprising, and the season was filled with numerous missed opportunities and “Why the heck did he pass there?” moments. As you can see here, it was the lowest of his career, and just the 3rd time he failed to hit double digits.
The drop in shot percentage was a bit of a disappointment, but in all honesty if you’re looking to complain about what Vancouver got out of Hank in his final season, you’re wrong. This production from a 2nd line C is one any team would gladly take (minus the 3 goals I guess, but as I said, we grew accustomed to Henrik not pulling the trigger over the years).
If there was anything surprising in his statlines, it was the number of secondary assists he recorded. Perhaps it was an after-effect of the struggle to find a consistent linemate since Alex Burrows was taken from their line, and especially this season where there was a rotating cast of players joining Hank and Dan, but this chart from TSN’s Travis Yost highlights just how much of a change it was.
Rather than do a deeper dive on his season, I think it’s fair to just show some highlights and remember that even in his last season, the Captain still led by example every night.
That last goal was just magical, wasn’t it? Like they’d taken a time machine back to the primes of their career and given us all a heartfelt thank you gift. I don’t know what we did to deserve the Sedins, but I am truly thankful for every moment of Sedinery we got from them. It’s going to take some getting used to, this whole life without them thing. Let’s hope that as the crop of young talent the Canucks are amassing can fill the void left by the two best players this team ever had.