Ramblings: Updates on Muzzin, Laine, Schmaltz, Chycrun, and Johnson; Suzuki, Hischier, Heiskanen, and Other Hot Starts – November 15

Michael Clifford

2022-11-15

We had the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday. It is highlighted by a trio of high-profile Canucks players with Daniel and Henrik Sedin plus Roberto Luongo. There was also Daniel Alfresson, Riikka Sallinen, and Herb Carnegie.

There has been some debate as to the merits of some of these players i.e. are they truly HOF players or are they just pretty good players that may not have gotten in if were smaller. I just wanted to go over a few stats from the Sedins:

  • Henrik is third in assists this century with 830, trailing only Sidney Crosby (902) and Joe Thornton (1043). He probably gets passed by Patrick Kane in the next couple seasons, as well as Nicklas Backstrom if he can get/stay healthy. Henrik stands a good chance of staying in the top-5 for a while, though, depending on the next few years from Anze Kopitar and Evgeni Malkin.
  • Daniel is 1 of 7 players this century with at least 375 goals and 625 assists. The others are Thornton, Crosby, Kane, Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, and Martin St. Louis. They are all current or future HOFers.
  • In the five seasons from 2007 through 2012, Daniel (3) and Henrik (5) were both top-5 in the league in points per minute. The top-8 reads as follows: Crosby, Malkin, D. Sedin, Ovechkin, H. Sedin, Pavel Datsyuk, Steven Stamkos, and Teemu Selanne. Again, all current or future Hall of Famers.
  • In that same five-season stretch, Daniel was 10th in the league in expected goal differential (per