Markus Naslund could really use Henrik Sedin right about now. Daniel, too, for that matter.

But centres are what Naslund desperately needs for his Modo team that is not only winless in its first three games of the Swedish Elite League regular season, but has lost its top two centres to injury.

First team captain Samuel Pahlsson, who finished last season as a Vancouver Canuck, ruptured his Achilles tendon. Then fellow centre Mattias Ritola went down with a broken collarbone.

"We have had a little bit of a rocky start," Naslund, the former Canuck captain who is now Modo's general manager, said in a phone interview before his team lost a 7-6 overtime decision Thursday night to Frolunda. "We lost two of our top centremen even before the season started. That was a tough break for us."