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Cybulski: Henrik Sedin is my choice right now for NHL's MVP

James Cybulski
1/10/2010 9:12:44 PM
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Did you see that pass? 

Henrik Sedin's slick feed in the second period of Saturday night's Canucks/Flames tilt to his fellow wonder-twin, Daniel was as good a pass as there's been in hockey in recent years.

Magic Johnson didn't pass like that.  Heck, Tiger Woods doesn't make passes like that.  It also reaffirmed that Henrik Sedin is my choice right now for the NHL's most valuable player.

The numbers don't lie.  Hank leads the league in scoring and has been the big reason Vancouver has remained in the mix for top spot in the Northwest division, and near the top of the Western Conference, despite the team's rash of injuries earlier this season. His brother, Daniel missed 18 games, and goaltender Roberto Luongo missed a couple of weeks as well. 

In Sedin's last 30 games - basically around the time Daniel and Luongo went down -Henrik has only gone pointless in four contests.  He has put the team on his shoulders with 14 goals and 46 points.  Oh, and did I mention he plays defence too?  His +19 rating tells you he isn't on for many goals against.  Just ask players who have to face Vancouver regularly. 

Sure, Alex Ovechkin is a sexy pick with 27 goals and a +24 rating.  But to be fair, the ‘Great 8' isn't doing it alone in Washinton.  Nicklas Backstrom has become one of the best centres in the game and Alexander Semin is one of the sport's top snipers.  That Green kid who was left behind by the Canadian Olympic Team isn't too bad either. 

Last time I checked, the Penguins still have a half-decent supporting cast for Sidney Crosby too. The San Jose trio washes each other out, and while goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov and Ryan Miller have carried their teams - that's what the Vezina trophy is for right?  

That leaves the Canucks #33.  He's been great all season.  Actually, he's been the best of the best thus far. 

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