Popular Post -AJ- Posted November 9, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted November 9, 2021 Hey all! I was bored (definitely not while at work) and wrote up an article I've been thinking about. Since it's specifically Canuck-related, I figured I'd share it with you fine folks. You can read it on my site with pretty formatting here: https://hookedonhockeyhistory.wordpress.com/2021/11/09/top-10-individual-offensive-playoff-runs-in-canuck-history/ I've also pasted it down below if you can't be bothered to follow the link. Enjoy! Quote Top 10 Individual Offensive Playoff Runs in Canuck History NOVEMBER 9, 2021 / ANDREW SCHROEDER When you’re a Canuck fan, especially once you’ve been one for a while, you learn to appreciate the good times when they roll around. Many Canuck fans were created during the great runs of 1982, 1994 and 2011, though there were a few other solid runs along the way. This list will focus solely on offensive production and not take into account things like player position or the “clutch” factor of any goals/points. Seeing as NHL.com counts the play-in games of the 2020 playoffs as playoff games, I will do the same for this list as well. Let’s get to the list! Honorable Mention: Henrik and Daniel Sedin – 2010 Although they are some who tend to remember the Sedins as those who underperformed in the playoffs, that’s not wholly true. Both twins scored 14 points in 12 games during the 2010 playoffs with Daniel scoring 5 goals and 9 assists and Henrik scoring 3 goals and 11 assists. Honourable Mention: Markus Naslund – 2003 Although the 2003 playoffs ended in disappointment, it’s hard to place too much blame on Naslund. He scored 14 points in 14 games along the way to a game 7 loss in the second round. 2004 was a shorter run, but Naslund scored at an even higher rate with 9 points in 7 games. 10. Thomas Gradin – 1982 Though Stan Smyl is perhaps the best known forward of the 1982 Canucks, it was Thomas Gradin who led the way offensively, leading the Canucks with 19 points in 17 games on their journey to the finals. Gradin had a particularly admirable performance in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with two goals and an assist in their OT loss to the New York Islanders. 9. Quinn Hughes – 2020 It’s a testament to Hughes’ immense offensive skill that he gets on this list, despite no advantage being given to defensemen. Not only is he an elite offensive defenseman, but he continues to perform in pressure situations, like he did in the 2020 playoffs. Hughes had 16 points in 17 games during that run including three assists on August 6 against the Minnesota Wild to help take a 2-1 series lead. 8. Ryan Kesler – 2011 Ryan Kesler is known for a lot more than just offensive skill, but in his prime, he was both a great setup man and a sniper. This was put on display in the 2011 playoffs when he scored 19 points in 25 games, but especially in the second round against he Nashville Predators, where he carried the offense of the Canucks, scoring five goals and six assists for 11 points in 6 games. 7. Mikael Samuelsson – 2010 The only player from the 2010 run officially on this list, Samuelsson exploded in the 2010 playoffs for the Canucks, especially in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. In the six-game series, Samuelsson scored 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points. He ended the playoffs with 15 points in just 12 games, leading the Canucks. 6. Daniel Sedin – 2011 Daniel Sedin tied for the lead of all Canucks with 9 goals in the 2011 playoffs and added 11 assists for 20 points in 25 games. Although the twins both struggled at points during the playoffs, they both came alive in the conference finals against the San Jose Sharks. Daniel had 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in the short five-game series. Daniel also had a strong game in game two of round one against the Chicago Blackhawks with two goals and an assist to help them take a 2-0 series lead. 5. Henrik Sedin – 2011 Precisely no one will be surprised to see Henrik’s name following Daniel’s here, though it’s noteworthy that his production did exceed Daniel’s by two in the 2011 playoffs. Henrik scored just three goals, but led the entire league in assists with 19 to lead the Canucks with 22 points in 25 games. In the high-offense game four of the conference finals, Henrik had an impressive four assists. He finished that series with 1 goal and an astonishing 11 assists for 12 points in just five games. 4. J.T. Miller – 2020 (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) J.T. Miller had a breakout year with the Canucks in 2019-20 and that continued into the 2020 playoffs. Miller was an emotional leader for the team, famously hyping them up with an incredible lineup naming performance in the locker room in the playoffs. Miller also performed on the ice with 6 goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 17 games, tying for the team lead. Miller really led the way in the second round against the Vegas Golden Knights with a team-leading eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in the seven-game series. 3. Elias Pettersson – 2020 Making this list has helped me realize just how great a run the 2020 playoffs were for the Canucks. Pettersson tied Miller for the lead in points with 18 points in 17 games, scoring 7 goals, behind only Horvat in that category. Pettersson tore through the St. Louis Blues, scoring 9 points in 6 games and also had a strong game two versus the Vegas Golden Knights with a goal and two assists to help the team to a win that tied the series. 2. Trevor Linden – 1994 Trevor Linden is more known for his leadership and all-around game than his offensive skill, but he also knew how to elevate his game during big moments, including the 1994 playoffs. Linden was second on the team in goals (12) and assists (13) and points (25) while playing 24 games during the legendary run. Linden had four two-point games in the playoffs, perhaps the most famous one being his two-goal effort in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers. Linden scored the only two goals of the Canucks that game, seemingly single-handedly giving the team a chance. 1. Pavel Bure – 1994 If you’re surprised by Bure’s ranking on this list, it might be a good idea to freshen up on your Canucks history. Not only did Bure perform incredibly well in the 1994 playoffs, but he did it for the entire 24-game run. Bure’s 16 goals led the NHL and his 31 points led the Canucks. Bure famously scored the double overtime winning goal in game seven against the Calgary Flames in round one, an effort that also included two other points for a three-point effort. That three-point effort was one of three different three-point games for Bure, each of them including two goals and an assist. 5 1 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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