Is Daniel Sedin still an elite player?
Last summer, I wrote a piece in the Black Aces section that talked about how the Sedin twins weren't elite players anymore.
After some debate among responses about what constitutes elite, I predicted that Daniel Sedin would no longer be a top-five fantasy left winger. But after this season, it's safe to say Daniel Sedin is not a top 10 left winger either, and should no longer be considered as one.
In a points only pool, Sedin is ranked 19th amongst left wingers. In a Yahoo head-to-head pool with the following categories — G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, and SOG — Sedin is ranked ninth. As young players like Gabriel Landeskog, Taylor Hall, Jaden Schwartz and Matt Duchene (who counts as a LW in Yahoo) improve, and guys like Zach Parise, Logan Couture and Jeff Skinner spend less time on the injury list, Sedin's ranking is going to dip further. Next year, Sedin will barely finish as a top-20 left winger.
In cap leagues, with his $6.1 million salary — which increases to $7 million next season for the next four years — he just doesn't get the numbers to justify having him on your team.
There are a myriad of reasons for Sedin's slow decrease into a very good, but no longer great, player.
We all know Sedin spends most of the time on the ice with his brother, Henrik, and with his other line mate always in a rotation. But let's look at his line production to get an idea of who is on his line when he gets his points, courtesy of Frozen Pool: