In the words of the great LL Cool J: don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years.
With just 19 games remaining in the 2014-15 season, Canucks fans saw this when they woke up on Wednesday morning:
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) March 4, 2015
Henrik Sedin is tied for 14th in NHL scoring (tied in points with Steve Stamkos, in fewer games), while Daniel is tied for 19th. The Sedins are lighting it up this season and they’re not just doing it against weak teams. They’re doing it all for the Canucks this season (they even help kill penalties on one of the league’s best PKs), and they’re doing it while the naysayers and non-believers continue to disrespect them.
The Sedins have been disrespected their entire career. I won’t go through the gory details, I did that enough after the Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin radio goof. But it’s amazing how little rope we give these two star players.
Do I smell @RobTheHockeyGuy writing a log post about the Sedins being elite players, to be posted on VCB ?
— Phil [ ● ] (@s0ya) March 4, 2015
Phil knows me so well.
Their best days are behind them, but Daniel and Henrik are 34, not 44, years-old. But how much slack do they get after enduring
John Tortorella injuries last season? Not much.
In the two years following Daniel Sedin’s Art Trophy season in 2010-11, the Sedins were close to being point-a-game players. They were at a similar level last season until Henrik Sedin suffered an injury from the stick-work of Martin Hanzal in mid-January.
Despite everything, here is what people were saying about them no more than 6 weeks ago (keep in mind these are Canucks fans and the Sedins were leading the team in scoring):
@RobTheHockeyGuy Sedins have been 2nd line players for 3 years, that never changed.
— BrowntoBure (@BrowntoBure) January 15, 2015
— HaiCooop (@1Cooop) January 18, 2015
— ToThePeopleWeGo (@ToThePeopleWeGo) January 28, 2015
— Adam Fisher (@yofishman88) February 4, 2015
— scuttlebutt (@Buckdeath45) February 10, 2015
A lot of people believe the Sedins are still top line forwards. They won’t be able to dominate like they did in the past. Perfect 2nd line.
— Juicetra (@Juicetra) February 10, 2015
— Mac Ball (@PitchforkTorchz) February 12, 2015
the sedins are 2nd line players let's just remind ourselves
— sedinitronic (@sedinitronic) February 23, 2015
I am not trying to ridicule and/or blame these fans, I have been wrong before too. And I’m sure they’re all pleasantly surprised at the production from the twins too. But the “2nd line” moniker has always been laughable.
If we want to get technical, there are 3 first line players on every NHL team at any given time, so there are 90 “1st line players” in the league. Even at their worst, even Bruins fans would have to agree that they’re top-90.
Points aren’t everything, but the Sedins aren’t just point producers. The analytics community will also tell you that the Sedins carry the play at a high level, even when they’re not scoring.
Hey, don’t get me wrong, I would love to have the Sedins on the 2nd line. That would mean the Canucks must have one hell of a 1st line and might be Stanley Cup favourites this year. All 30 teams in the NHL would love to have the Sedins on their 2nd line.
The “Sedins are a very good 2nd line” is something they heard until Henrik’s Hart Trophy season in 2009-10 and it’s remarkable how soon it sprouted up again.
Vrbata an all star? Really? Were Daniel and Henrik busy?
— Rob The Hockey Guy (@RobTheHockeyGuy) January 10, 2015
The Sedins getting snubbed for the All-Star Game in January was a non-story. No disrespect to Radim Vrbata, but Daniel and Henrik Sedin are the all-star forwards of this team. Somehow it seems like we got back to the days of praising the Sedins’ linemate (see: Jason King, Anson Carter, Alex Burrows) instead of giving the bulk of the credit to the guys feeding their linemate for tap-ins.
Maybe putting up top-20 point totals will silence the non-believers for a week or two.
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