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The Captain: Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin under the spotlight

We Are All Canucks

Starting during the 2008-09 season, the Vancouver Canucks dropped the “We Are All Canucks” campaign on their fans.

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Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.

Looking back over the past five weeks, we have given love to Danny Sedin, Kes, E-Money, Schneids and CoHo, today, we spread that love a little bit more, spotlighting Captain Hank.

While brother Daniel sits atop the team scoring list with 34 points, Henrik Sedin, as always is right there with him, holding down second place with 33 points on 8 goals and 25 assists (many of which have led to Daniel’s 12 goals).

The Canucks (4) current rank behind the Wild (7) and Flyers (5) when talking about the longest current win streaks, and rank first overall when fans gather around the water coolers to brag about the hottest team in the league over the past couple of weeks, with only one loss in their previous ten games.

Henrik Sedin

Henrik Sedin Under The Spotlight

As the first line centre and captain of the squad, Henrik has had a huge hand in the turnaround after a rocky start.

Currently on a five game pattern of tallying multiple points one night and a single the next, Henrik posted his second best point night of the season with three assists last week in a 6-0 shutout over the Colorado Avalanche.

While his impact is more often than not found on the stat sheet, Sedin (and his teammates) has started to make himself known a little more physically this season.

In their 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday evening, Hank came to his brother’s rescue, when Sens tough guy Chris Neil attempted to make a run at Daniel.

Flashing back to the Boston Bruins rugged play last summer, Henrik “put the word out” that this season will be different, laying the lumber on the surprised Neil.

Although it is not a major part of his rep, the fact that Henrik has failed to pocket a goal in his last six games has not gone unnoticed by fans, regardless of the team’s winning streak.

Only once in the last eleven games, has Sedin registered multiple shot opportunities.  

At some point, the opposition will start clamping down on linemates Daniel and Alex Burrows/Jannik Hansen and if Henrik could bump up his scoring to 25-30 goals per season, the Canucks could become that much more dangerous come playoff time.

While the old mantra of “don’t mess with success” may currently hold true during the Canucks recent streak, come playoff time having Captain Hank be a multi-threat option, will serve the Canucks and their fans well.

Henrik Sedin Profile:

Position: Centre
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 188 lbs
Birthdate: Sept 26, 1980
Birthplace: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
Draft: 1999 – Round 1 (3rd overall) by Vancouver

LAST FIVE STAT LINE:

Canucks Record:  4-1  Goals:  0, Assists:  9, Points:  9, Plus/Minus +1

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  • http://twitter.com/prfctsoundforvr Richard Hodges

    I’ve always thought if Henrik shot a bit more he could use the element of surprise.

    Then again he has an absolute muffin of a shot..

  • http://twitter.com/prfctsoundforvr Richard Hodges

    you know the canucks are on pace to shatter their goals for from last year when they led the league, how much more do we need?

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