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09-28-2012, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by fabricoh View Post
I don't see the leadership angle with Z.
You don't have to. But it's pretty much unanimous in the organization, amongst players, coaches, and management, that he's going to be the next captain. Now that Lidstrom is gone, it's Zetterberg and then everyone else at least a tier below in the leadership department on the Detroit Red Wings.

He gets beaten up an awful lot.
  • Brad Stuart back when he was with Calgary.
  • Evgeny Malkin, the turning point during the SCF.
  • Shea Weber in last year's playoffs.
Zetterberg takes a lot of abuse because he plays hard. He shields the puck well and willingly takes a beating in order to make a play. This plays into his leadership qualities, it does not detract from them.

he's nowhere near Pavs right now
He's very close to Datsyuk in terms of level of play. I gotta partly agree with eva on this one, Hank is, and has always been, at least to a small degree, under-rated. He's always been the better defensive forward, but Datsyuk (a premier defensive forward in his own right), mostly because of his flashiness, has all the Selkes.

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