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How the Sedin twins have defied their age

Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin have 31 and 27 points, respectively, in 29 games played this season. Aaron Poole/NHLI/Getty Images

In a season where several NHL teams have adopted a youth movement, Vancouver's 35-year-old twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin have continued to feature themselves prominently in the league scoring race. With 12 goals and 31 points, Daniel ranks fifth in the NHL in scoring, while Henrik is tied for eighth overall, with 27 points.

Selected No. 2 and 3 overall in the 1999 NHL draft after some shrewd maneuvering by then-GM Brian Burke, the Sedin brothers worked their way to the top of Vancouver's depth chart, where they have remained for the past decade.

One of the twin brothers has led the Canucks in scoring every season since Markus Naslund edged out Henrik 79 points to 75 way back in 2005-06. Since then, Radim Vrbata, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Kesler (twice) are the only other Canucks to top 60 points in a season -- a mark the Sedins have reached a combined 14 times in that same time span.

How do the Sedins continue to do it? The short answer is: By defying the natural decline in scoring that occurs as player age. But how have they done that, and how long can the Canucks reasonably expect the pair to continue driving the team's offensive production?