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by George Malik on 08/10/13 at 03:39 PM ET
Winging it in Motown's JJ from Kansas posited the Detroit Red Wings version of Puck Daddy's "National Hockey League of Nations" article, attempting to pick the best Red Wings player from each and every one of the countries which have produced Red Wings players, and if we're going with "most naturally talented," I can't disagree with his pick for Russia:
Russia: Sergei Fedorov: Oh boy, here we go.
While Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, and Vladimir Konstantinov deserve to be mentioned here, the best player designation is always going to come down between two players and the way they're viewed among Red Wings fans could not be more divided. One had more raw talent, the other worked harder to hone his natural gifts. One was flashier, the other better-grounded. One is the prototypical great teammate, the other left the minute he was free to go.
This debate will likely rage on forever. Still, for my money, if you put Pavel Datsyuk and Sergei Fedorov in each of their primes up against one another with all of their teammates being equal, I think Datsyuk slows Fedorov down, but Sergei gets the better of the matchup; therefore, Sergei Fedorov will be our Best Russian Player delegate to the United Nations of Hockey, joining what should have been other Best Russian Player delegates like Sergei Fedorov from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sergei Fedorov from the Anaheim Ducks.
The saving grace is that there's a decent possibility Fedorov wouldn't go to represent Detroit and the well-deserving Datsyuk would happily step into his spot to be adored by everybody.
Continued at significant length, and we're just not going to remind Puck Daddy that the League of Nations was less effective at governance than the present-day U.S. congress...
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