Apr 25, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
6. Daniel Sedin
Just when it seems like the hourglass is going to run out on Sedin he posts another 20-goal season, with 56 assists (the second most of his career in a season) to go with it. Sedin’s resurgence was a major reason the Vancouver Canucks got back into the postseason, even though the appearance was short-lived.
Part of the reason for Sedin’s strong season was a bit more puck luck. His 8.9 shooting percentage was up 1.8 percent from his career low in shooting last year, but his 2014-15 percentage was still one of the lowest of his career. Perhaps Sedin is losing something on his shot, which would make sense as he turns 35 in September. Regression is inevitable, even for the greatest of goal scorers.
Da Windy City
Sedin is one more 20-goal campaign away from being Vancouver’s all-time leader in goals. He is already second in assists and points in franchise history, trailing only his brother, Henrik. Sedin’s legacy in Vancouver is already legendary, but with the Canucks in a tricky position as a franchise, it may take more than another outstanding year from Sedin to help him reach a championship.
Sedin may only have one or two great years left in him before father time settles in. The hourglass of Sedin’s career is still running out of sand.
Next: No. 5: Patrick Kane
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