Top 10 Forwards in Vancouver Canucks History: #3
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04-24-2014, 02:01 AM
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Here are some very interesting numbers.
Markus Naslund played 884 games and has 346 goals,
points all-time for the Canucks -- that places him third all-time in Canucks scoring.
While one would think Daniel passed Naslund's totals in a lower number of games, playing with Henrik, Daniel did
We can all agree Daniel's decline started to become apparent near the end of the 2013 season; Daniel, as of today, has played 979 games for the Canucks. If we look only at Daniel's first 884 games (the cutoff date being March 12, 2013), we can observe his totals before the decline.
In Daniel Sedin's first 884 games with the Canucks, he only had 287 goals,
points. Markus, in the same number of games, scored 15 more points -- 346 goals,
points. If we assume Henrik is the second-best Canuck of all time, Markus accomplished this without him (whom we assume Daniel has incredible chemistry with) as his linemate.
Markus, at one point, was regarded as a top-three player in the league, was the runner-up to the Art Ross twice, and was the runner-up to the Rocket Richard with 48 goals in 2002-03. Many considered Naslund to have one of the best wrist shots in the game at his peak.
Daniel Sedin won the Ted Lindsay Award, but so did Markus (he won the Lester B. Pearson Award before it was renamed). Daniel's peak single-season point total is 104 (2011-12); so is Naslund's (2002-03).
Markus had more individual skill than Daniel has. He could thread his shot through a crowd of players when it seemed there was nowhere to shoot; he was a very good skater and was a great goal scorer whose play improved with confidence. In the 2002-03 season, he was the first player to reach the 30-goal mark, accomplishing it in Game #41 against the powerhouse Ottawa Senators.
Markus was a five-time NHL All Star.
He was unfairly booed out of Vancouver and has since received very little respect from a lot of fans. The answer should be Naslund.
He was always really tough on himself and was very honest. Sometimes that rubbed supporters of the team the wrong way. When the team struggled, they twisted his words and turned them against him. In his final game with the Canucks, he was booed while Trevor Linden received a standing ovation from the fans inside the arena.
The shift below is from after the lockout. By then, he began to slow down, especially with the lingering effects of the Moore hit; the shift demonstrates the dominance his line could have against the opposition. The West Coast Express was perhaps the best line in hockey in the early 2000s, and a big reason for that was Naslund.
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