Sedin becoming an elite center

Henrik Sedin leads the NHL with 64 points, two ahead of Alexander Ovechkin.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Halfway through the season, Vancouver center Henrik Sedin is putting together a spectacular year. It is one worthy of consideration for the 2009-10 TSN Best Bargain Award and he also has a shot at Fantasy Player of the Year.

That's pretty lofty company for a player selected in the seventh round of your fantasy draft last September (ADP 86). But it's well deserved.

Sedin has tallied 20 goals, 44 assists for the Canucks, leading the team in goals and points while helping Vancouver to a 27-18-2 record. His 64 points ranks him first in the NHL, two points ahead of the more well-publicized Alexander Ovechkin and seven points ahead of fellow centerman Sidney Crosby. He also has a solid plus/minus rating, +18.

The 29-year-old Swede, who owns a gold medal from the 2006 Olympics in Turin, plays with identical twin brother Daniel and Alexandre Burrows on Vancouver's top line. Henrik is well on his way to breaking career highs in goals (22), assists (61) and points (82).

He's been a solid NHL centerman, posting at least 75 points for five consecutive seasons, but until now, hasn't been seen as an "elite." Sedin has been thought of as a second-tier centerman. That will have to change with his performance this year.

Henrik Sedin NHL Statistics
Year GM G A Pts +/- PIM PPP SOG
2000-01 82 9 20 29 -2 38 9 98
2001-02 82 16 20 36 9 36 9 78
2002-03 78 8 31 39 9 38 19 81
2003-04 76 11 31 42 23 32 13 99
2005-06 82 18 57 75 11 56 32 113
2006-07 82 10 71 81 19 66 35 134
2007-08 82 15 61 76 6 56 29 141
2008-09 82 22 60 82 22 48 26 143
2009-10 47 20 44 64 18 34 16 94


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