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Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks has the puck knocked away from behind by Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on April 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (Harry How/2010 Getty Images)
Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks has the puck knocked away from behind by Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on April 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (Harry How/2010 Getty Images)

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Daniel Sedin



He has led the team in goal scoring each of the past three seasons, but will cede the crown this year because he missed 18 games last fall with a broken foot. On a per-game average, however, Sedin is having his best campaign (81 points), and could still match his career-high for points (84). He is also scoring important goals as eight of his 26 tallies have been game-winners.



Henrik Sedin



He could win the Art Ross Trophy for the NHL scoring champion, and if he does, it will be a credit to his increased goal production. This season Sedin has already set career highs for goals (29) and shots on goal (165). Once known as a pass-first playmaker - his previous bests were 23 goals and 143 shots - Sedin became more aggressive when his brother was out with injury.



Alexandre Burrows



He leads the team in goals (35), yet rarely plays on the power play. How many NHL teams can say that? Burrows has become a triplet to the twins' chemistry, and does most of his damage five-on-five. But the former ECHL and roller hockey star is also dangerous when killing penalties. He is tied for the NHL lead with five short-handed markers.



Ryan Kesler



His goal output is down to 24 compared to 26 last year, but he has obliterated his career-high in points (74 to 59). The second-line centre has also become a finisher on the power play, leading the team with 12 man-advantage goals. Kesler's offensive game blossomed last season on a line with Mats Sundin, who told him to shoot more. Point taken: He has 211 shots this year compared to 179 last season.



Mikael Samuelsson



Not many players peak at 33, but that is what Samuelsson has done in his first season with the Canucks. After escaping the glut of talented forwards in Detroit, the sturdy Swede has received more ice time and more offensively inclined linemates. Samuelsson, who loves to shoot from any angle, has taken advantage, notching a career-best 30 goals. His previous high was 23.



Mason Raymond



Heading into this season, Raymond had 20 goals in 121 career NHL games. This year he has 25 (eight on the power play). He did so by turning his electric speed into production, becoming less perimeter-oriented and venturing into the gritty areas. He also improved his shooting accuracy.



 

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