Canucks top rookies

By pbadmin
Here are a few of the Canuck’s top prospects that are
currently in the NHL. I hope to provide some stats and updates on Canuck prospects at all levels every couple of weeks, as they play a major role in the future of
the Canucks’ organization.

Daniel Sedin, fourth in NHL rookie scoring (27–9-8-17) is making a big
impact on the Vancouver Canucks in his third line role. His ability to cycle
the puck in the offensive zone with twin brother Henrik, continues to
generate scoring chances. Recently Daniel missed four games due to a
shoulder injury. Coach Crawford babied him into returning to the lineup, to
many this raises questions about how Daniel has adapted to the rigours of
the NHL. Being held pointless in three games since his return, team and fans
alike hope that now that the league is getting to know the
Sedins’ style of play they won’t hit the wall a la Bill Muckalt or Steve
Kariya. Overall though,
Daniel is doing an excellent job in his first season, and is expected to
continue as a favorite in the Calder Cup run.

PROJECTION: Daniel looks like he’s going to be an excellent player in the
future. How good is hard to determine, but it seems as though he’s about as
close to being a sure-fire star as any first year prospect. He will very
likely be at least a consistent 25 goal, 60 point scorer in the NHL with the
ability to become a superstar perhaps scoring 50 goals and 100 points.
Through 27 games Sedin is on track to tally about 27 goals and 23 assists if
he were to play 80 games. To compare him to another player he might be
similar to in the future would be difficult as he plays on a line with a
with a twin with equally amazing skills, if they keep on developing in the
way they have been no one can be certain how great they will become.

Henrik Sedin is having a fine year. Currently ninth in rookie scoring
(31–5-9-14), is centering one of the better NHL third lines along with his
brother Daniel and veteran winger Trent Klatt. His skills are definitely NHL
level, as he recently won is the puck handling department of the the
Canuck’s super skills competition. The question of how well he can play without
his brother still remains, as he had only one assist in Daniel’s four game
absence. As well his scoring has dropped off somewhat since the beginning of
the season, showing the twins need to move up their level of play a notch if
they want to return to their earlier successes. Overall he has had a very
impressive season, and if you’re still wondering whether the Canucks should have
considered picking someone else in the draft that the Sedins were chosen
Brendl (4th) or Stefan (1st), right now both Sedins are way ahead of them in
terms of developement. Brendl has yet to make the NHL, and Stefan has yet
to make an impact in it.

PROJECTION: Similar to Daniel Sedin (above) but probably with a few more
helpers and a few less goals. Hopefully the two can continue in their
development to become what people predicted of them.

Brent Sopel, 23, has been one of biggest suprises to the Canucks of late.
It’s been a tough ride for all Canucks defencemen other Ohlund, Jovo, Baron and Aucoin.
Sopel has played his heart out in every game on the big club, and is now
enjoying some success. After missing the line up in all but 1 of his first
15 games, Sopel has gotten in a groove and has been scratched for just 1 of
his past 16. Now paired with another defensemen who also moved to a new
level of play this season, Ed Jovanovski, Sopel has had some amazing games,
scoring timely goals and always being an offensive threat. With a total of 2
goals and 3 assists for 5 points, as well as a plus-7 in 16 games so far,
hopefully he can continue on his great season.

PROJECTION: Sopel will hopefully get past many prior predictions that he
will just be a fringe defenseman. Judging by the level he has been playing
at this season, he could possibly take over Murray Baron’s role as a #4
defenseman. Any more of him would be very unlikely, although in his peak he
may be able to become a reliable #2 d-man on an expansion team.