Had he not debuted in Vancouver with a 30-goal season, there’s a good chance that Mikael Samuelsson might have had the same relationship with Vancouver as, say, Jan Bulis. Like this blog’s namesake, Samuelsson was a pretty weird guy.

There were the stunningly blunt quotes, such as when he told the media where Sweden could go or that he was incapable of fighting; there were the bizarre on-ice decisions, such as his complete unpredictability when it came to holding, shooting, or passing the puck; there were the sudden bouts of on-ice rage, seemingly uncharacteristic for the guy insistent that his teammates play whistle to whistle. Mikael Samuelsson was a genuine enigma, and Canuck fans don’t generally have much time for guys like that.

Unless they outscore their weirdness. And, as I said, Mikael Samuelsson did that. The Swedish winger put up 48 goals and 103 points in his two seasons in Vancouver. He quarterbacked the powerplay (better than anyone else the Canucks employed, contrary to popular opinion — a point I never got to make), and he was a great backup winger for the twins.

The dude could play, and he scored some meaningful goals in a Canucks uniform. Here are his five best.

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This goal features two elements I can always, always get behind. The first is wizardous sedinerie, as Henrik Sedin threads this puck to Daniel at the side of the net, and Daniel pulls it around his check and goes cross-crease to Samuelsson. The second element is a ridiculous goal celebration. If you can’t get behind Samuelsson’s robo-dad fist pumps, you have no soul.

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Samuelsson went off in the first round of the 2010 playoffs, scoring seven huge goals in five games versus the Los Angeles Kings. This was one of his best, an off-balance one-timer on a Sedin rush to put the Canucks up 4-1 in a game 5 they would win 7-2. His post-goal roar is the shout of a happy man.

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Mikael Samuelsson never met a play that didn’t call for a head juke or seven. He was an owl on skates. Here, he completely undresses Henrik Tallinder, juking like a running back before freezing the Sabres defender, stepping around him, and going backhand on Ryan Miller.

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Samuelsson’s game-winner in an October 2009 tilt versus the Chicago Blackhawks came completely out of nowhere. With five minutes to go in the game, Samuelsson swept the puck away from Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell, then stepped up to the dot and whipped the go-ahead goal past Antti Niemi. Samuelsson became notorious in his debut season for goals that came against the flow of the play, and this was his best.

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Back to the 2010 playoffs, where Samuelsson scored his first and only overtime winner for the Canucks, giving Vancouver the opening game of their series versus Los Angeles. The goal was a beauty, as Samuelsson stepped into the slot and one-timed a Henrik Sedin feed past Johnny Quick.

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14 comments

  1. TheOldFirm
    October 24, 2011

    I’ll truly miss Samuelsson, just for the quirky guy that he is. The Canucks roster isn’t lacking in personality but Samuelsson was as to the Canucks as The Hulk is to the Avengers, save for the actual smashing of things.

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  2. Dawn Duck
    October 24, 2011

    I’ll miss him as he was unique
    It’s Samuelson of whom I speak
    (And of some things in sports this week)

    The All Blacks won the rugby Cup
    The World Series is now tied up
    Indy has lost seven straight
    (The Capitals are looking great
    And I like Ballard’s play of late)

    NZ eight-seven over France
    A side said not to have a chance
    As both teams gave it all they had
    That one should lose was somewhat sad
    (And Dallas too’s not looking bad)

    Sad too the Colts in New Orleans
    With Manning still behind the scenes
    They were outscored by fifty-five
    Unlike them the Rangers are alive
    (And there’s a trade that I’d contrive)

    Pitcher Holland was the hero
    As Texas won four to zero
    (I’d trade Schneider for St Louis
    And other than PITB
    It’s Backhand Shelf the blog for me
    And just to add one couplet more
    This week the Lions didn’t roar)

    Dawn Duck

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  3. Gibbles
    October 24, 2011

    Seeing Demitra in that last clip (#1) really reminds me of what is important here…there’s a family without a father. RIP.

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  4. taokenji
    October 24, 2011

    not a knock on you guys just a heads up, goals 2 and 4 don’t have the videos embedded. only the links are available.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 24, 2011

      Thanks man. Not sure what the problem was there, but I fixed it.

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  5. confused
    October 24, 2011

    No game winner in game three vrs blackhawks? I know he didnt do a robot dance but it was a huge goal, not sure how it was missed.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 24, 2011

      IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT GO MAKE YOUR OWN LIST

      Ha. Not missed, just sixth. It’s tough when you give yourself a limit of five.

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  6. confused
    October 24, 2011

    I will make my own list, and ill also stop reading this blog bye bye

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    • Harrison Mooney
      October 24, 2011

      Hahaha noooooo…

      For the record, I was kidding. That goal versus the Blackhawks really was my last cut when I was trimming to five.

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      • The Olde Coot
        October 24, 2011

        Ah! you abused poor “confused”
        And he will read your blog no more.
        He was so pissed when told to list,
        He up and left and slammed the door!

        Oh well what the hell,
        Both he and Samuelson are gone.
        Why’d you insist he make a list
        For me to write a poem thereon?

        I’m so sad you made him mad,
        Thus causing him to say “bye bye,”
        Just cuz you missed one on your list,
        And had to make a smart reply.

        You really should apologize
        And make your list a compromise.

        Chicken Chick

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  7. Eric Blacha
    October 24, 2011

    I’ll miss him. I feel like he was a father figure for me, even though I never met him.

    Do well in Florida, get pissed and go on a tear.

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  8. tom selleck's moustache
    October 24, 2011

    “He was an owl on skates”

    Too funny. I’ll miss him as well. He was a bit of an odd duck but that, and his ability to rise to the occasion at time, just added a little to his overall charm.

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  9. Sleepy Lewis
    October 24, 2011

    We can always get him back as a cheap rental at the end of the regular season….cause when isn’t Florida game for a trade?

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  10. Nth of the 49th
    October 25, 2011

    I could never figure out who was the nerdier looking guy, Samuelsson or Horcoff from Edmonton.
    I finally settled on Horcoff because he’s from the same area as me and Sammy telling his countrys’ national team to go **** themselves lowered his nerd cred.

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