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What if Daniel Sedin was never hurt?

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Henrik Sedin had one incredible season, one that I believe should earn him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He was the catalyst for a great year for the Canucks, and there’s no question he was the force behind their success this season.

But it could have better. More amazingly, his brother Daniel could have had a similarly great season as well. The second half of the Sedin twins was injured early in the season, and played just 63 games compared to brother Henrik’s 82.

Henrik finished with 112 points, good for 1.36 points a game.

Daniel finished with 85 points in 63 games, or 1.34 points a game.

Imagine the numbers these two would have put up together in 82 games, in a season where they both finally seemed to ‘get it’. They turned the corner from great to elite, and it’s incredible how it could have been even more magical. Of course, the way Daniel describes it, there’s the though that his injury helped Henrik take that next step. From Jim Jamieson of The Province:

“When I got the injury, I didn’t know how Hank was going to react, but seeing him produce when I was gone, I think it helped both of us,” said Daniel on Monday, as the media hordes descended on GM Place to chronicle what is clearly the most prestigious trophy win in the Canucks’ 40-year history.

“Coming back I knew if he could do it without me, we should be better with each other.

This is Crosby and Ovechkin playing on the same team; two incredibly talented players just entering their prime who compliments each other perfectly. That their twins -- and seemingly telepathic -- makes them all the more dangerous.