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11-04-2008, 04:46 PM
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If Kronwall were on the Pens he'd still be behind Gonchar, who found a regular partner in Orpik. There'd be no reason to put NK on the top unit when the Pens already have a good complementary pairing. The Pens have no need for another offensive defenseman. The defense is, in fact, pretty stable and well-balanced, and certainly not in any state that would require the team to trade a player of Malkin's caliber.
Malkin's already outscoring Datsyuk by that sort of gap. He has the ability to do much more on both sides of the puck, and when Datsyuk was Malkin's age, he was exponentially less effective in every phase of the game. It's very convenient in these proposals for people to claim that Crosby and Malkin are already at or near their peaks when they wouldn't dream of allowing the same for their own similarly-aged top prospects.
Malkin was also hurt, sick, and consequently his play had suffered prior to the Detroit series. But don't let silly things like different variables affect your appraisal.
The relative room for both's growth isn't even in the same ballpark.
1. When Datsyuk was younger, the NHL was an entirely different game. A game in which a 41 goal scorer could win the Rocket Richard as opposed to a 60 some goal scorer.
2. Malkin scores more, but he also plays more on the PP and at even strength
3. The offensive gap between Datsyuk and Malkin is small. The defensive gap between the Selke winner who has only gotten better defensively and Malkin, is a canyon.
4. Regardless of whether or not Malkin was sick, hurt, etc, he still offered little-no intangibles. Steve Yzmeran was a beast in a playoffs where he played on one leg. Not to mention, every player, especially at the final stage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, is playing with some sort of disability. Especially on a team that had already played 2 more games than the Pens.
Well talk about the future when the future is now, but as of this season, Datsyuk is the better player - Unless you don't consider playing 2 more minutes on the PP per night an advantage and defensive savvy to be of any worth.
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