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03-18-2013, 04:26 AM
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While I don't doubt he wasn't a Selke calibre player in first couple season, I don't think that those quotes are fair game.

Reputation is a major influence on whether a player is viewed as a good defensive player. Since he was a young dangler from Russia the default assumption was that he wasn't a great defensive player. From there people will more strongly remember the events that support their opinion ("Datsyuk missed his check today, he's horrible"). Eventually, his growth as a player and fans growing more familiar with him meant that his reputation changed.

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