Daniel Sedin Explained

Team:Vancouver Canucks
League:NHL
Position:Left Wing
Shoots:Left
Height Ft:6
Height In:1
Weight Lb:185
Nationality:SWE
Birth Date:26 September 1980
Birth Place:Örnsköldsvik, SWE
Draft:2nd overall
Draft Year:1999
Draft Team:Vancouver Canucks
Career Start:1997

Daniel Sedin (born September 26, 1980, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. His identical twin brother Henrik also plays for the Canucks, with whom Daniel has played inseparably throughout his career. Together they are known for the effective way in which they play off of one another; Daniel, normally finishing plays between the brothers, is known as the scorer, and Henrik, the playmaker.

Playing career

Daniel began his professional career with Henrik in 1997–98 for Modo of the Swedish Elite League as a 16-year-old. In their second year with Modo, Daniel and Henrik led a team that included future NHLers Samuel Påhlsson and František Kaberle in scoring — Daniel finished first overall.

As a result of their successful 1998–99 season in Sweden, the Sedins drew considerable attention for the upcoming 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Naturally, it would seem certain that as top prospects, Henrik and Daniel would be chosen by two different teams, and consequently be split up in the NHL, but after a series of complex transactions, Vancouver Canucks general manager Brian Burke, bent on acquiring both Sedins, obtained the second and third overall picks, selecting Daniel second.

Following the draft, Daniel chose to return to Sweden with Henrik to play one more season with Modo, in which he subsequently finished second in team scoring with 45 points in 50 games, two points behind Henrik.

In 2000–01, Daniel played his first season for the Canucks, tallying 20 goals (tied for second among rookies) and 34 points. The following two seasons, Daniel's points totals would remain in the 30-point range until 2003–04, in which he would improve to 54 points. On February 24, 2004, Sedin scored his first career hat-trick in a four-goal effort, scoring all the Canucks goals in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.[1] However, along with brother and linemate Henrik, at this point in Daniel's career, he would not yet obtain the first-line scoring totals he was expected to achieve.

During the lockout season, Daniel returned to Sweden to play again for Modo, along with Henrik and teammate Markus Näslund. He would also participate in the 2005 World Championships for Sweden.

In 2005–06, Daniel broke out with 71 points – an indication he had achieved his first-line potential. Newly acquired Anson Carter would play on Daniel's line centered by Henrik, and the line would compete throughout the season with the Näslund-Morrison-Bertuzzi line (widely accepted in the past as one of the league's most prolific line combinations) as the Canucks' primary scorers.

Daniel built on his breakout campaign in 2006–07 and established himself as the Canucks' top scorer. He paced the team with a career-high 36 goals and 84 points. In game one of the Canucks' first round match-up against the Dallas Stars, Daniel assisted on Henrik's quadruple-overtime winner, ending the longest-ever Canucks playoff game and the sixth longest in NHL history.[2] Daniel finished the playoffs, however, with a disappointing 5 points in 12 games and the Canucks were eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

Personal

Daniel was born six minutes after his brother, Henrik; they share two older brothers and five younger sisters.

Daniel has a wife, Marinette, a daughter, Ronja, born in 2006, and one son, Erik, born February 3, 2008. He lives in Vancouver during the NHL season and goes back to Sweden every summer.

Awards and achievements

Transactions

Career statistics

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1996–97MoDo HockeySwe-Jr.26261440------------
1997–98MoDo HockeySwe-Jr.43364----------
1997–98MoDo HockeySEL4548122690002
1998–99MoDo HockeySEL502121422013481214
1999–00MoDo HockeySEL501926452813861418
2000–01Vancouver CanucksNHL752014342441230
2001–02Vancouver CanucksNHL79923323260110
2002–03Vancouver CanucksNHL7914173134141568
2003–04Vancouver CanucksNHL821836541871230
2004–05MoDo HockeySEL491320334060336
2005–06Vancouver CanucksNHL8222497134----------
2006–07Vancouver CanucksNHL8136488436122354
2007–08Vancouver CanucksNHL8229457450----------
2008–09Vancouver CanucksNHLSeason in progress; see NHL.com for up-to-date stats.
NHL Totals560148232380228435131812

International play

Daniel has played for Sweden in the following competitions:

International statistics

YearTeamComp GPGAPtsPIM
1999SwedenWJC655102
2000SwedenWC90112
2000SwedenWJC764100
2000SwedenWC73258
2001SwedenWC30220
2005SwedenWC95492
2006SwedenOly81342
Junior Int'l Totals13119202
Senior Int'l Totals369122114

See also

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: Daniel Sedin pots four as Canucks double up Wings. 2008-11-12. 2004-02-25. Canadian Broadcasting Company.
  2. Web site: Sedin's goal pushes Canucks over stars in OT marathon. 2008-09-25. 2007-04-11. Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  3. Web site: NHL Transactions - July 1999. 2008-09-25. 1999-07-27. USA Today.
  4. Web site: Sedin twins get raises, remain with Canucks. 2008-09-25. Seattle Times. 2003-07-29.
  5. Web site: Canucks re-up Sedins, Auld. 2008-09-25. 2004-09-10. USA Today.
  6. Web site: Canucks secure Sedins. 2008-09-25. 2006-06-30. CBC.