Vancouver Canucks Quarter Mark Reviews: Daniel Sedin
The Vancouver Canucks’ hockey season is about a quarter of the way through and that means it is the perfect time to do player reviews. It has often been said that the twenty game mark is when General Managers and coaches begin looking at the roster for possible moves and improvements. For bloggers, like myself, it is no different. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working my way through the Canucks roster giving a review for each player. We’ll begin with Daniel Sedin.
With 24 points in 20 games, Daniel Sedin shouldn’t have fans overly surprised that his name is atop the team’s scoring leader chart. For, over the past few seasons, the Sedin twins have been two of the most confident, consistent and dynamic offensive threats in the game. If Daniel were to keep up his current pace, he would pot 98 points this season. That’s definitely not a total to sneeze at. However, there is reason for concern.
While fans are typically used to seeing Daniel’s name on the score sheet in the goal column, it is the assist column that has been most productive for Daniel this season. Now, it’s not necessary to start the city on fire because Daniel is helping out on the assist line, but there is reason to dig a little deeper into this enigmatic fact.
Since the Sedins’ emergence as superstars in the NHL, Henrik has always been the guy to set up Daniel. This season, it’s simply not the case. Henrik has more goals than Daniel and his offensive play seems to be that much more threatening than his twin brother’s. Of course, as one of the great players in the game, Daniel must have a lot of pride in his offensive game. However, it’s just not there right now.
The confident passes, tricky shot and stellar offensive plays that leave fans and opponents alike in awe are gone. For the first time in a long time, it looks like Daniel Sedin is facing some adversity in his game. Of course, it can’t be long until he snaps out of it. No player who works as hard as Daniel can just lose that magic overnight.
There have been moments this season in which we have seen glimpses of the old Daniel. However, consistency has been his greatest issue. There were stretches last year where it seemed like a great scoring chance would come on every shift. That just hasn’t been the case through a quarter of the season.
If you want my personal opinion, I’ll tell you that I believe Daniel is putting too much pressure on himself. With Ryan Kesler struggling and offense disappearing from everywhere on the roster, Daniel probably sees himself as the only guy to give the team offense. He needs to take a step back and just play his game. Then, and only then, will the points, and more importantly goals, come to the man wearing 22 for your Vancouver Canucks.
Thanks for reading. I’ll have more soon.