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Three Canucks are on the verge of team and NHL milestones

by Dave Tomlinson @DTSN1040 / Canucks freelance writer

There are three main figures on this current Canucks team that have played central roles in some of the greatest Canucks moments over the last 10 years.

With their longevity and importance in Canucks history, it's a pretty good time to magnify their upcoming milestone moments that will occur over the next few weeks. As leaders not only in the dressing room, but on the ice as well, Henrik and Daniel Sedin both find themselves close to some lofty NHL numbers. Not to be forgotten, Alex Burrows is closing in on an exclusive group as well, and together these three players make up the fibre of the glory years of Canucks hockey.

With 12 NHL points to go, Captain Henrik will hit the 1,000 mark, and join a small circle of three other Swedish born hockey players that have amassed that many points and more in their careers. On the top of that list is one-time Canucks forward Mats Sundin, who will undoubtably enjoy staying there for the coming years, as his 1,349 points in 1,346 NHL games is probably out of reach for any current player to take aim at. After him sits Daniel Alfredsson at 1,157 and Nicklas Lidstrom at 1,142, so there is the potential that Henrik Sedin overtakes them both when playing out his current contract with the Canucks. The closer landmark number for Henrik though is getting to 1,200 games, and barring any unforeseen injury that would keep him from suiting up, that will occur December 22nd at Rogers Arena versus the Winnipeg Jets. Another round number in reach for him is 800 assists, which would put him second all-time behind Lidstrom's 878 helpers on the Swedish born points list, and that is certainly an achievement that seems inevitable.

On the subject of assists, Daniel himself is six apples away from 600 in his NHL career, and he could catch both Peter Forsberg (636) and Borje Salming (637) by season's end. Number 22 for the Canucks is also 45 points away from joining his brother Henrik in the 1,000 point club, and if you want to know which brother has the higher points-per-game ratio, Henrik has a slight edge there as his .826 points-per-game is .0068 more than Daniel's .819 for their careers.

All these figures would be of no consequence to the players themselves, as they are squarely focussed on team success rather than their individual ones, so to get them to talk about what it means to scale the ranks not only among Swedish born NHL'ers but amidst the all-time NHL lists as well would be foolhardy.

A player who is probably more aware of these upcoming accomplishments for the Sedins is one who benefited by playing with them during their most dominant NHL seasons, and of course that would be Alex Burrows. The one-time ECHLer has been the poster-boy for hard work and perseverance throughout his NHL stay, and his recent play has people realizing he has more important moments left in him to solidify his spot as one of the most popular and industrious players to ever wear a Canucks jersey.

After recently passing Greg Adams this past week for 15th in all-time Canucks scoring with his 370th NHL point, Alex Burrows is closing in on 800 NHL games, as he is currently 15 away. Not bad for a guy that played for the Kahnawake Condors of the QJAAAHL in the 1999-2000 season and led that team in…penalty minutes with 223 in just 53 games. Yes, that same hockey season, 1999, in which the Sedins were taken second and third overall by the Canucks, Alex Burrows was playing in a hockey league below the QMJHL.

As their roads continue to intertwine, it's a pleasure to watch, broadcast, and bear witness to their indelible marks that they are inscribing not only with the Vancouver Canucks franchise, but the NHL as a whole.

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