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11-22-2012, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
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.
When was the last time Datsyuk played a full season without missing 20-30 games ? 2010, when he played full time with Holmstrom. Datsyuk with Bertuzzi and Cleary on the wing... thats one terrible mess to play with.

I'm not saying points don't matter at all, but if you look as far back as 2008 (after Z wasn't playing with Datsyuk anymore) Datsyuk hasn't even had a chance to play with some of the linemates Zetterberg has (Flip would be better with Datsyuk). If you can't admit Z has had better linemates than Datsyuk other than 2009 then you don't watch too many Red Wing games. Most Red Wing fans can agree with this. Both will be in the HHOF, I just think Datsyuk is more of a lock right now than Z.

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