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I NOW Consider Henrik Sedin A Hall Of Famer

I try to track when players reach the threshold that they have become Hall of Famers regardless of what happens in the remainder of their careers.  Today I think Henrik Sedin has passed that threshold.  The interesting thing about picking Henrik Sedin is that he has been largely a part of brother act along with Daniel Sedin.  Naturally there must be a period of time where one Sedin is a Hall of Famer but the other isn't.  It isn't clear how long this period will last but I think Henrik Sedin is a Hall of Famer and Daniel currently falls short.

Henrik is the top point scorer, assist scorer, games played leader and holds the records for assists and points in a single season for the Vancouver Canucks.  Vancouver has been in the NHL for almost 46 seasons.  That is long enough that somebody who holds that many records has to be a Hall of Fame candidate.  Henrik Sedin has had success on the NHL level as well.  He won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in 2010.  He is a two-time First Team All Star in 2010 and 2011.  With 954 career points he is closing in on the 1000 point mark.  If it were not for two lockouts it is clear that he would be well over 1000 career points.  On the all time assist list he is third among active players with 734 (behind Jaromir Jagr and Joe Thornton).  He is 46th all time in career assists.  He isn't a significant goal scorer (at least compared to his assists).  His 220 career goals are well back in the all time lists.

Internationally Henrik Sedin has been named to the Swedish Olympic teams in 2006, 2010 and 2014.  He was injured and did not play in the 2014 games.  He won Olympic gold in 2006. 

Daniel Sedin is behind Henrik in terms of career points and by his lack of a Hart Trophy.  He is about 30 points behind.  He won the 2011 Art Ross Trophy so he has similar success to Henrik but not quite as much of it.

Henrik Sedin is a former MVP who is establishing some solid career numbers.  He is making a strong statistical case that he is the best Vancouver Canuck player ever.  Daniel Sedin is close and may establish himself at that level in the not too distant future but his career numbers are below Henrik's.

The most common arguments against Henrik Sedin making the Hall of Fame are his lack of a Stanley Cup.  Vancouver made the Stanley Cup finals in 2011 and Henrilk was the Canucks top scorer.  He finished one point behind David Krejci for the playoff scoring lead.  Like all Canuck players he was shut down in the finals.  That was a solid playoff on the whole.  His Canuck team has never made a run beyond the second round in other years.  The other argument is that Sedin is not a significant goal scorer.  He is climbing the all time assist list.  His failure to score goals is a function of his playing style.  He and his brother cycle the puck and often have a third player on their line who tends to score the goals.  Historically this role has fallen to Alexandre Burrows or Radim Vrbata.

Adding Henrik Sedin to my Hall of Fame list gives me 15 active Hall of Famers.  Here they are:

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

Likely as more hockey is played this year there will be more additions to this list.  Certainly Daniel Sedin is a candidate as he narrows the small gap behind his achievements and those of his brother.  There may be some retirements in the off season, but right now there are no clear contenders to retire and shorten this list.

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Daniel got the Ted Lindsay the year following Henriks Hart trophy, which is voted by the players, which many would take as a better read on the league than a vote done by media members. This is keeping in mind he somehow lost this Hart vote when he outscored Perry by 8 points (who was 3rd in league scoring), and had 41 to Perrys 50 goals.

He is only behind Henrik in points as he has spent more time injured (Henrik has only missed 28 games in his entire “soft” career). Daniel has played 25 fewer games, and has only 28 fewer points.  In fact, Daniel’s career points per game is 0.829, while Henrik’s is 0.836, which for all intents and purposes is essentially the exact same number. This would mean had he played the same number of games, their point totals would be more or less identical, so that argument holds no water.

Infact, given how much more the HHOF acknowledges goal scoring to assists, the argument should almost be the other way around, as Daniel has scored 129 more goals than Henrik in his career.

There is quite literally no logic of saying Henrik is a hall of famer, but Daniel is not.

Posted by KBlocked on 02/15/16 at 03:53 PM ET

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There is absolutely no line of logic that says that the exact second one Sedin brother crosses a threshold and because a sure fire Hall of Famer that will be the exact second the other one does it too.  It is a given that some period of time will exist between both brothers making it.  I am in no way saying that Daniel will never make the Hall of Fame.  I am saying that he is slightly behind his brother and his brother has just crossed a certain threshold.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 02/15/16 at 04:02 PM ET

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I get your point, but I think they are becoming eligible at the same time.  Daniel just became the Canucks all-time goals leader.  He is dominating in his old age on a garbage team.  He also got an Art Ross.  I think you’re splitting hairs on that point, but I appreciate the post.  The topic is interesting and love the Sedins.

Where do you stand on Marleau and Thornton (who are definitely going to have “statistical eligibility”)?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/15/16 at 04:26 PM ET

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The Sedin sisters have scored 75% of the Canucks goals since they broke into the league.  Cup or no that should put them in the hall.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 02/15/16 at 08:05 PM ET

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The Sedin sisters have scored 75% of the Canucks goals since they broke into the league.

That is 100% not a fact.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 02/15/16 at 10:07 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

That is 100% not a fact.

I read it on a blog somewhere so it must be real

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 02/15/16 at 10:40 PM ET

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