Monday, November 19, 2007

Gaining On Trev

I haven't seen this get a lot of press yet, but after his goal and assist performance last night, Markus Naslund has quietly - does he do it any other way? - moved to within nine points of Trevor Linden's franchise scoring record.

Sometime in the near future, I'm sure we'll start debating about who the better Canucks captain was. Last season, Naslund passed Linden as the Canucks' goal scoring leader. Earlier this season, Linden passed Stan Smyl as the Canucks' assist leader; Naslund is now also within 24 assists of Trevor's mark. Both have so far served as Canucks captain for seven seasons each.

It's really amazing how a lot of their career numbers are similar; however, there is one glaring difference. Trevor has appeared in 124 playoff games (all but six with Vancouver) and has 99 postseason points (all but four assists in a Canucks uniform). Markus has only played in 45 postseason games and has 33 points in them (all with Vancouver). In his time as captain, Trevor led the Canucks to six playoff series wins. Markus has so far led the Canucks to only two, though a long playoff run this season can bump that number up pretty quick.

And in what could be the final year for two of the best players to ever lace up for this team, a long playoff run is kinda what we're all hoping for.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 8:31 PM


At November 20, 2007 11:23 AM, Anonymous nebcanuck said...

This was big news last year, too. The problem is, Nazzy's not gaining on him as fast as he would have back in the MNB days, lol. Everyone figured he'd have him beat a season past!

And one thing that's nice to see is Naslund contributing at a more consistent pace this year. No more streaky captain. We might not be able to count on him to score 100 points any longer, but if he gets upwards of 75 and does it with regularity, he'll have made his mark on the team!

At November 20, 2007 5:36 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I am a massively large fan of Naslund, though I must admit his offensive game has suffered in recent years. It would take a hell of a long playoff run with him at the helm leading by example (much like he did last year against Anaheim) to erase Linden and 1994. My two cents anyway


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