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I NOW Consider Daniel Sedin A Hall Of Famer

I try to pick out the point where currently active players have sufficient career accomplishments that they should make it to the Hockey Hall of Fame regardless of what happens in the rest of their career.  Today I think Daniel Sedin has made it to that level.  He joins his brother Henrik who made it to that level last season.  I picked Henrik first because he is a former Hart Trophy winner and has more career points, although it was clear that Daniel was well on his way to that level. 

Daniel's progress may have been a bit slower than expected because the Vancouver Canucks have struggled.  They missed the playoffs last year and look very likely to do so again.  Daniel is the top scorer on the Canucks so far this year but with 20 points he is one of the lowest top scorers on any team in the league. 

Daniel now has 962 career points which is around the toal Henrik had when I picked him as a Hall of Famer.  Daniel has more goals than Henrik.  Daniel Sedin was the top scorer in the NHL in 2010/11.  He won the Ted Lindsay Award as MVP as voted by the players and made the NHL First Team All Star but was not the Hart Trophy winner.  Voters gave that award to Corey Perry in what was a poor choice.  Daniel made Second Team All Star the year before that.

Internationally Daniel has won a gold and a silver medal at the Olympics.  He is the highest goal scoring Vancouver Canuck player ever and second to his brother Henrik in points as a Canuck.  These numbers occurred in a relatively low scoring NHL era with a season and a half of his career wiped out due to lockouts.

The Sedin brothers are an interesting story in the NHL.  They are a set of identical twins who came to the NHL together and have careers that are very heavily connected to one another.  Both have won scoring titles.  Henrik won a Hart Trophy although Daniel probably should have as well.

Daniel Sedin is the highest scoring active NHLer who I had not considered a Hall of Famer except for Patrick Marleau.  Marleau has about 70 more points in about 300 more games played.  Marleau has never had a season where he was a serious MVP candidate,  Thus he is not as good a Hall of Fame candidate.

With the addition of Daniel Sedin to may Hall of Fame list, there are now 17 players who are currently active hockey players that I consider future Hall of Famers regardless of what happens in the rest of their careers.  They are:

Zdeno Chara
Sidney Crosby
Pavel Datsyuk
Marian Hossa
Jarome Iginla
Jaromir Jagr
Patrick Kane
Erik Karlsson
Duncan Keith
Ilya Kovalchuk
Roberto Luongo
Evgeni Malkin
Alexander Ovechkin
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Joe Thornton
Shea Weber

As more hockey is played this season, I expect this list may continue to grow.  There are not likely to be any retirements until the end of the season.  At that point Jarome Iginla and possibly others will likely retire.

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