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01-22-2009, 10:15 PM
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Datsyuk's defensive game just keeps getting better.

He won a Selke last season largely based on his amazing ability to steal the puck and his league best +/-. He played on a line with Zetterberg, who is another one of the better defensive forwards, so when they regularly shut down opponents many probably wondered whether he was simply a product of playing on a line with Zetterberg...

Well, this season comes around and he's not playing with Zetterberg and he's currently playing better defensively then he did at any point last season.

He really has become a true shutdown forward, which is amazing being that he is 4th in league scoring.

A few other names that should be mentioned (leaving quite a few off which i'm sure will get named shortly):

Koivu, M.

A few big names that i'm interested in from their fans:

Madden, Alfredsson, and Pahlsson. Are these guys having down seasons defensively? In Pahlsson's case, i'm under the assumption that he's being asked to change his role a little bit. What about the other two - are they having an off year?

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