Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/02/10 at 06:26 PM ET
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some rants from the fans…
My rant involves Pavel Datsyuk and why he’s not considered the most dominant player in the NHL. This past week, I attended a Caps-Canes game in Carolina to see Ovechkin. I have now seen Datsyuk, Crosby and Ovechkin all live, and neither Crosby nor Ovechkin is as dominant all over the ice as Datsyuk. Sure, Crosby and Ovechkin score more goals and points than Datsyuk, but that is only one half of the rink. Every time Datsyuk is on the ice, a buzz goes through the air. He will back-check like a dog and steal the puck away from you….
(LeBrun): I totally agree with you and have always raved about Mr. Datsyuk. Check out what I wrote in the Power Rankings this week. One of the reasons he hasn’t had the same kind of league-wide praise/buzz is because the man doesn’t talk. He’s quiet, goes about his business, and doesn’t attract media attention. I’ve tried to interview him a few times, and while you can tell he’s a very smart man, his actual quotes aren’t of much use. It’s just not this thing. But he deserves to be considered among the top players in the world ... and right now, one month into the season, I’d argue he’s in the Hart Trophy debate.
many more responses to the rants…
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