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11-21-2012, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DatsyukianDeke View Post
By return to form I meant score 40 goals and average 90 points. Everyone knows Zetterberg is still a huge threat and is one of the more dominant centers in the league in terms of defensive ability.

Datsyuk also doesn't rely on points, so it's irrelevant that Zetterberg has outscored him, not to mention Datsyuk has barely had any sort of elite talent to play with in the last 3 years besides Hossa. The average Datsyuk line is playing with Holmstrom and Franzen, two of the slower, lazier players in the league.
Holmstrom hasn't been a regular linemate of Datsyuk since 2010. He spent most of last year with Franzen and Bertuzzi, with Cleary working in sometimes.

Also, is finishing 8th (tied with one other) in the league that much worse than finishing 6th (tied with two others)? Very close.

You say that points don't matter? In that case, you act as if Datsyuk has a boatload of accomplishments and Z has none. Yet Z has the most notable accomplishment of the two of them; the Conn Smythe. Both have been top-ten in scoring twice. Comparable career stats; Z is ahead in goals despite a year less, but has a slightly lower PPG.

Unless you think Dats winning the Selkes that should have gone to Z makes up enough the difference from "maybe he'll do enough" to "he's a lock", you need to classify them both in the same spot.

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