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03-18-2013, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Pavels Dog View Post
This post breaks it down pretty well:

And you could.. you know... watch the games? Datsyuk has been dominant offensively this season, I promise you if he was passing the puck to Hossa instead of Abdelkader he'd have another 10 points. When healthy he is easily a PPG+ player..which Toews, so far in his career, isn't. You can't pretend anything before the last 3 season never happened, or that Datsyuk has declined.. the only thing that as declined about him is his ability to stay healthy, but it could be some bad luck as well.
Thank you for illustrating my frustration with this infatuation HFBoards has with Datsyuk. The poster you quoted basically says Datsyuk is better offensively because he "controls the play more", when he is on the ice his team "usually has the puck more" and "outshoots the opposition by quite a lot". Is there any statistics to back any of this up? Because if not, that is the definition of "intangibles" that are so often used to mock Toews.

The rest of the post was basically a summary of how injuries affected Datsyuk, which would be relavent if Toews was perfectly healthy over the last 3 seasons... which he most definitely was not. Toews, like Datsyuk, has had to battle through injuries and has had periods of dominance interrupted by injury. Fact is that they both have had some health issues over the past 3 seasons, and they have both put up almost identical numbers over that time.

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