Top 10 Best Vancouver Canucks Players of All Time

Top 10 Best Vancouver Canucks Players of All Time

The Vancouver Canucks first joined the National Hockey League in 1970. The franchise first made the playoffs in its fourth season and has been to the postseason 28 times. Despite this, Vancouver has never won a Stanley Cup. The team has had lots of great talent over the years, but who are some of the top Canucks in team history? Read on to find out.

Who Are the Best Vancouver Canucks Hockey Players of All Time?

  1. Daniel Sedin
  2. Henrik Sedin
  3. Roberto Luongo
  4. Markus Näslund
  5. Alexander Edler
  6. Kirk McLean
  7. Mattias Öhlund
  8. Trevor Linden
  9. Richard Brodeur
  10. Pavel Bure

1. Daniel Sedin

  • Most goals in Canucks history (393)
  • Second most points in Canucks history (1,041)
  • 2010-11 Art Ross Trophy winner

Daniel Sedin was taken with the second overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. The left winger has the most point shares in franchise history with 123.1 over his 17 seasons with the Canucks. Sedin had 20 goals and 34 points during his rookie campaign in 2000-01. The Swede exceeded the 50-point mark for the first time in 2003-04. Sedin broke out in 2005-06 as he put up 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 points. Those season totals continued to climb for Sedin who set career highs across the board in 2010-11. 

The wingers’ 41 goals, 63 assists, and league-leading 104 points were all the best single-season numbers of his career. Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy as well as the Ted Lindsay Award that season, while finishing second in Hart Trophy voting. The winger continued to be a key contributor to the Canucks until he retired following the 2017-18 campaign. Sedin’s 393 goals and 3,474 shots are the most in franchise history. His 648 assists and 1,041 points rank second all-time for Vancouver.

2. Henrik Sedin

  • 2009-10 Hart Trophy winner
  • Most points in Canucks history (1,070)
  • Most assists in Canucks history (830)

Henrik Sedin was drafted with the third overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, one pick after his brother Daniel. The center played 17 seasons for Vancouver and had 108.6 point shares over his career. Sedin had 29 points during his rookie season in 2000-01. The Swede stayed consistent for his first few seasons in the league before nearly doubling his point total in 2005-06. Sedin had 71 assists and 81 points in the following season. 

The center won the Hart Trophy Award in 2010, as he set career-highs with 29 goals, 83 assists, and 112 points. That was the first of three consecutive seasons that Sedin led the NHL in assists. Sedin also had 94 and 81 points in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as well. The Canucks captain saw his point total drop below 50 just once more before retiring after the 2017-18 season. Sedin leads the franchise with 1,330 games played, 830 assists, 1,070 points, and a plus/minus of 165.

3. Roberto Luongo

  • Most wins in Canucks history (252)
  • Second best save percentage in Canucks history (.919)
  • Six consecutive 30+ win seasons

Roberto Luongo was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NHL draft by the New York Islanders. The goalie was later traded to Florida before being sent to Vancouver following the 2005-06 season. Luongo has the most point shares of any goalie in franchise history with 89.3 during his eight seasons with the Canucks. 

The goalie won a career-high 47 games in his first season with the team and finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting. Luongo had 35 and 33 wins in the next two seasons before posting 40 wins in 68 games in 2009-10. He led the league with 38 wins in 2010-11 while posting a .929 save percentage, his best single-season mark with Vancouver.

Luongo had his sixth consecutive season of 30 or more wins in 2011-12, as he won 31 games in 55 appearances in net. Vancouver traded the goalie at the 2013-14 trade deadline. Luongo’s 252 wins and 38 shutouts with the team are the most in Canucks history. He also has the second-best save percentage in franchise history with a .919 save percentage.

4. Markus Näslund

  • Second most goals in Canucks history (346)
  • Third most points in Canucks history (756)
  • 2002-03 Ted Lindsay Award winner

Markus Näslund was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was traded to the Canucks during the 1995-96 season. Näslund played in 12 seasons with Vancouver and 87.1 point shares for the team. In his first two seasons with the Canucks, the left-winger combined for 35 goals, 40 assists, and 75 points. Näslund broke out in 1998-99 as he scored 36 goals and compiled 66 points. The winger put up similar stats in the following seasons before putting up 75 or more points in five straight years with the Canucks. 

Näslund set career-highs across the board in 2002-03 on the way to the Ted Lindsay Award. Näslund had 48 goals, 56 assists, and 104 points, and he also finished second in the Hart Trophy voting that year. The Canucks captain led the NHL with 30 even-strength goals in 2003-04 during an 84-point season. The winger played with the team through the 2007-08 campaign before signing with the Rangers in free agency. Näslund’s 346 goals and 756 points with the franchise place him second and third respectively in the team’s history.

5. Alexander Edler

  • Most points by a defenseman in Canucks history (409)
  • Most goals by a defenseman in Canucks history (99)
  • Most assists by a defenseman in Canucks history (310)

Alexander Edler was taken in the third round of the 2004 NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks. Edler has the highest point share total in the team’s history as he has 73.2 during his 15 seasons with the franchise. The Swede first skated in the NHL in 2006-07 but was considered a rookie the following season when he had 20 points in 75 games. By 2009-10, the defenseman had 37 assists and 42 points in just 76 games. 

Edler received Norris Trophy votes in 2011-12 as he had his best season with 11 goals, 38 assists, and 49 points in the only 82-game season he has played. His point production never dropped below 20 points in any season he played with Vancouver. The defenseman had 8 points in 2020-21, marking the last time he wore a Canucks jersey. Edler’s 99 goals, 310 assists, and 409 points are all the most by a D-man in franchise history. Edler’s 925 games played with the organization is also the fourth most by any skater.

6. Kirk McLean

  • Second most wins in Canucks history (211)
  • Most saves in Canucks history (12,791)
  • 1991-92 wins leader

Kirk McLean was taken in the sixth round of the 1984 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. The goalie played just six games in two seasons for the Devils before being traded to the Canucks prior to the 1987-88 campaign. McLean played in eleven seasons with Vancouver and had 72.7 point shares. 

McLean was third in Vezina Trophy voting in just his second season with the team after winning 21 games and playing in a league-leading 63 games as a goalie. His career-high in wins came in 1991-92 where he had 38 in 65 games. That was good enough to finish second in Vezina Trophy voting. McLean followed that up with back-to-back 20+ win seasons and his .904 save percentage in 1994-95 was the best of his career.

The goalie had 21 victories in his last full year with Vancouver before being traded to Carolina in January of 1998. McLean’s 211 wins with the Canucks are the second most in the team’s history. His 12,791 total saves are also the most by any goaltender for the franchise.

7. Mattias Öhlund

  • Second most points by a defenseman in Canucks history
  • Second most goals by a defenseman in Canucks history
  • 1997-98 All-Rookie Team selection

Mattias Öhlund was selected 13th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1994 NHL draft. The defenseman played 11 seasons for the franchise and had 62.2 point shares during his tenure. Öhlund made his NHL debut in 1997-98 and made the All-Rookie team as he had 23 assists and 30 points. He continued his success the following year, increasing his stats across the board and finishing with 35 points in 74 games. 

The defenseman never had less than 20 points in any season he played for the Canucks. Öhlund had a career-high 36 points in 2001-02. It was one of two seasons that he received Norris Trophy votes. The Swede had a career-best 27 points the following season and had 14 goals in 2003-04. The defenseman signed as a free agent with the Lightning after the 2008-09 season where he had 25 points with the Canucks. Öhlund’s 93 goals and 325 points rank second in the franchise among D-man. 

8. Trevor Linden

  • Third most goals in Canucks history
  • Third most assists in Canucks history
  • Fourth most points in Canucks history

Trevor Linden was selected second overall in the 1988 NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks. The right winger played 16 years in two stints with the franchise and had 61.1 point shares. Linden made the All-Rookie team during his first year in the league with 59 points. By 1990-91, the Canucks captain had 75 points and finished ninth in the Hart Trophy Voting. The winger had 70 or more points in three consecutive seasons. Linden set career-highs in 1995-96 with 47 assists and 80 points. He scored 33 goals that year for the third time in his career. 

After being traded from Vancouver in 1997-98, Linden rejoined the team during the 2001-02 season. The winger played for the Canucks until 2007-08 when he then retired. Linden’s 1,140 games, 318 goals,  415 assists, and 2,246 all rank third in Canucks history. Linden also finished with the fourth most points in franchise history with 733.

9. Richard Brodeur

  • Third most games played as a goalie in Canucks history
  • Third most wins in Canucks history
  • Third most saves in Canucks history

Richard Brodeur was initially drafted in the seventh round of the 1972 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders after playing seven years in the WHA. The goalie was traded to Vancouver prior to the 1980-81 season. Brodeur played eight seasons with the Canucks and had 55.7 point shares. The goaltender recorded 17 wins in his first year with Vancouver, followed by back-to-back 20+ win seasons. His .893 save percentage in 1981-82 was his best mark during his tenure with the Canucks.

 Brodeur led the NHL with 64 games played in net in 1985-86 and returned to the 20-win mark in 1986-87. The goalie was traded to the Hartford Whalers in March of 1998, which became his final season in the NHL. Brodeur’s 377 games played as a goalie, 126 wins, and 9,459 total saves are all the third most in franchise history.

10. Pavel Bure

  • Best point per game and goal per game mark in Canucks history
  • Fifth most goals in Canucks history
  • 1991-92 Calder Trophy Winner

Pavel Bure was a sixth-round selection by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1989 NHL Draft. The Hall-of-Famer played seven seasons for the franchise and accumulated 52.6 point shares while with the Canucks. The right winger wasted no time during his NHL career, as his 34 goals and 60 points were good enough to earn him the Calder Trophy in 1991-92. Bure scored 60 goals in the following two seasons, the most goals scored by any player in a single season in franchise history. Bure also had his career-best 50 assists and 110 points in 1992-93.

The winger reached the 50-goal plateau again in 1997-98 as he found the back of the net 51 times and had 90 points. The Hall-of-Famer was traded to the Panthers while he was injured in 1998-99. Bure had 254 goals and 478 assists during his 428 games with Vancouver, giving him the best goals per game and points per game mark in franchise history. The winger also ranks fifth for the most goals in Canucks history and seventh for the most points.

Honorable Mentions

  • Todd Bertuzzi
  • Alex Burrows
  • Thomas Gradin
  • Ryan Kesler
  • Jyrki Lumme
  • Alex Mogilny
  • Cliff Ronning
  • Sami Salo
  • Stan Smyl
  • Tony Tanti

FAQ

Who is the best Vancouver Canucks goalie of all time?

Roberto Luongo is the best goalie in Vancouver Canucks history, as he led all goaltenders with 89.3 point shares while with the team. The Hall-of-Famer played in eight seasons with Vancouver and six consecutive years with 30 or more wins. The goaltender has the most wins in team history with 252, and his .919 save percentage is the second-best for the Canucks. Luongo also leads the franchise with 38 shutouts.

Who is the best Vancouver Canucks forward of all time?

Daniel Sedin is the best forward in Vancouver Canucks history as he led all forwards with 123.1 point shares while with the team. The winger played 17 seasons for the organization and his 393 goals leads the team. The Hall-of-Famer is also second in Canucks history with 648 assists and 1,070 points. Sedin won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award in 2010-11 while leading the NHL with 104 points.

Who is the best Vancouver Canucks defenseman of all time?

Alexander Edler is the best defenseman in Vancouver Canucks history, as he led all D-men with 73.1 point shares while with the organization. Edler has the most games played, goals, assists, and points by a defenseman in Vancouver’s history. He has 99 goals, 310 assists, and 409 points in 925 games over his 15 seasons with the franchise. Edler has never had a full season with the team where he didn’t score at least 20 points.