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03-15-2013, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by meenamjah View Post
It's something I wonder about, every time I see Datsyuk play. Why hasn't he won a scoring title? I find it inexplicable. He's got such sick skills.

Is he just too focused on defense, or perhaps not relentless at offense? Can anyone shed some light on this?
The main reason Datsyuk (And Zetterberg for that matter) do not score more is this:

They are used in all situations:

on the PP (but usually only 1/2 - 2/3 of the power play)
and on the PK.

By using our star players on the PK, their icetime where they could score is limited.

Does Sidney Crosby play on the PK?
Does Evgeni Malkin play on the PK?
Does Steven Stamkos play on the PK?
I know Ilya Kovalchuk does NOT play on the PK!

Some teams use players like Ovechkin and Kovalchuk for the full 2 min on their PP.

PP points are a big deal if you want to lead the league in scoring.

I would say Detroit's stars all score less, because they are all used in defensive roles as well.
This has made the team win more, even though many players stats have been reduced. Just ask Steve Yzerman about his production vs Bowman's system to make the Red Wings good (more defensive).

This is the primary reason these players score less.

I wish he would win the points race one year to just give him a little more "fame"
but honestly, If anyone can beat Crosby now... GJ.

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