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Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk might be one of the best stick handlers the world of hockey has ever seen.

A Red Wing for his entire NHL career, Datsyuk was lightly scouted and wasn't noticed until the 1998 Draft when the Red Wings (who were the only team that seemed to be aware of the Russian) took him in the Fourth Round. Three years later, Datsyuk reported to Detroit, scoring 35 Points as a rookie and finishing fourth in Calder voting. Datsyuk also helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup, a fantastic accomplishment for a rookie.

The Russian Center gradually improved over the next few years, and he posted back-to-back 87 Point years (2005-06 & 2006-07), which he followed with two 97-Point campaigns. In all four of those years, Datsyuk won the Lady Byng, and he also had a three-year run of Frank J. Selke wins (2008-10). The gifted two-way player won a second Stanley Cup in 2008, and Datsyuk's overall post-season performance saw him score 113 Points.

Datsyuk stayed with Detroit until 2016, and he had three more years with a third-place finish for the Selke. A Second Team-All-Star in 2008-09 (he was third in Hart voting that year), Datsyuk went to three All-Star Games and had 918 Points for Detroit.    

Datsyuk was traded to Arizona in a cap move, but he never played for them, electing the play in KHL instead. Datsyuk scored 918 Points over his NHL career, and while representing Russia, he won a Gold Medal in the 2016 Olympics.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Sverdlovsk, U.S.S.R.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2024
  • Position: Center
  • Played For: Detroit Red Wings
  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Team Russia (Olympics 2002, 2006, 2010 & 2014, World Cup of Hockey 2004 & 2016, World Hockey Championships 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2016 & 2018)
    Team Olympic Athletes from Russia (Olympics 2016)

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (2011)
    Frank J. Selke Trophy (2009, 2010 & 2011)
    Lady Byng Trophy (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2008)
    All-Star (2004, 2008 & 2012)
    Highest Plus/Minus (2008)
    Stanley Cup Rings (2) (Detroit Red Wings 2002 & 2008)
    Olympic Gold Medal (1) (Olympic Athletes from Russia 2018) 
    Olympic Bronze Medal (1) (Russia, 2002)
    World Hockey Championship Gold Medal (1) (Russia 2012)
    World Hockey Championship Silver Medal (1) (Russia, 2010)
    World Hockey Championship Bronze Medal (2) (Russia, 2005 & 2016)

Should Pavel Datsyuk be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%


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