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Underwhelming Sedins
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks are off to another solid start, going 7-2-2 (16 points) through the first 11 games of the season, after posting 111 points last season (51-22-9). Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that fantasy owners are happy with the entire roster's production.

The defense is more than solid behind two top-notch goaltenders - Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider.

But the offense is supposed to be led by the Sedin brothers, Henrik and Daniel, both of whom were selected in the top-10 on Draft Day and they have yet to produce like top picks.

In Yahoo leagues, Daniel was the fourth overall selection and has accumulated 10 points (3 G, 7 A), a +3 rating and a total of 28 shots. That's only good enough to be ranked 54th, or fifth-round value.

Brother Henrik is currently ranked outside the top-100, No. 111 to be exact, having yet to put the puck in the net in 11 games with eight assists and a +7 rating on just 13 shots.

Expectations are high for both brothers based on their past performances.

Daniel is the goal scorer, averaging 31 goals over a five-season span. He led the league in points in 2010-11 and let fly 200-plus shots for the last seven seasons.

Henrik led the NHL is assists in each of the past three seasons, has thrown up at least 100 shots for the past seven seasons and has averaged 20 goals over the past five campaigns. He is also just one point away from being the Canucks' franchise-leading scorer, a mark currently held by Markus Naslund (756 points).

"I'm more worried about getting my game back to where it should be, Sedin told the Hockey News. "It's taken a few steps in the right direction lately. I just have to try to get better."

Their slump has effected more than just two players. The other winger slot has been filled by Zack Kassian early on and Alexandre Burrows of late, neither of whom is lighting the place on fire.

Burrows was their linemate last season putting up 28 goals and 52 points and should eventually benefit from his time on the first line. He's still a "bargain" after being ignored at the draft and going in the 15th round, but he should be much better.

The good news is that even in this shortened season, which is at the one quarter mark, there is still time to turn it around. Henrik is coming off his first two-point game in three weeks against Calgary Saturday night. Daniel and Burrows also put up two points each in the game.

They have three more games left in their current four-game homestand (Minnesota, Dallas, St. Louis) so hopefully the first line can find their scoring touch and be all that fantasy owners expect them to be for the remainder of the season.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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