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01-12-2009, 07:02 PM
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Because Datsyuk has been degraded and underated since 2003 because he didn't single handily win a cup every season hes played in the league?
Zetterberg has been overrated by this fan base for about two years, while everyone had some reason to question Datsyuk. Now that Datsyuk is better in every aspect of the game, its hard not to point out. Especially when most of the Zetterberg supporters are the same that wanted to trade Datsyuk in 2006.
Literally, what else can the guy do? 97 points, 30 goals, selke, byng and a cup and people are still putting Z over him. It makes no sense.
I for one will jump for joy the day when Datsyuk is introduced as captain. It will make my life complete.
A few things:
--You're wildly overreacting to this percieved anti-Datsyuk agenda. I don't think it exists. Yes, Datsyuk has been phenomenal for Detroit... but so has Zetterberg. At a certain point you're comparing and contrasting two Lamborghini's, so these fairly wild verbal gesticulations of yours over the slender differences others percieve between the two guys seems a bit excessive.
--The last three full years the totals are Datsyuk with 86 goals and 185 assists in 236 games, and Zetterberg with 115 goals, 130 assists in 215 games. 1.15 points a game for Datsyuk (assist heavy) and 1.14 points a game for Zetterberg (goal heavy). There's not a huge difference between those guys, beyond perhaps the durability issue. I personally tend to weight goals more heavily than assists, but YMMV.
--The last three full
the totals are Datsyuk with 18 goals and 24 assists in 45 games, and Zetterberg with 27 goals and 22 assists in 46 games. Advantage Zetterberg.
IMO a rational, unbiased observer can look at what has happened the last three years and conclude that, while close, Zetterberg's been the more offensively productive player over the past three full seasons, and significantly so in the playoffs. At that point one has to resort to quantfying the unquantifiable 'defense'. IMO, again, they are very similar players. Datsyuk won last years' Selke, but Zetterberg was a very close 3rd. Datsyuk plays defense with his stick, Zetterberg plays it with more speed and positioning.
They're close, but I think Zetterberg has the better overall game. The injury thing is his big bugaboo.
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