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11-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
Frankly, I'm not so sure about this. Datsyuk never stood out in Russia. Skilled? Sure, but so were a bunch of other kids playing Russia. Datsyuk had skill, but he didn't set the Russian League on fire. There is a reason why Hakan was the only one who scouted him. And Russia was well-scouted in the late 90s. Jarnkrok for example, has been far more dominant in SEL.
Russia wasn't that well scouted. obviously.
And while my example isn't exactly true, because Datsyuk wasn't drafted until he was nearly 20... the simple fact of the matter is that fans today are far more informed about prospects than ever.
How many Russian Super League games did you watch in 1999?
Right now, you can fire up the net and watch games live. You can watch hours of highlights on youtube. You can access scouting reports all over the place.
In Datsyuk's first game with Detroit, he showed incredible puck skills. It was clear, right from the beginning, that he had special talent -- far beyond anything I'd read up until that point.

Here's an early scouting report on Datsyuk

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