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Top Players And #4 Picks

06/22/2020 at 8:44am EDT

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe on the top players he has covered...

Pavel Datsyuk — Painful to leave fellow Winged Wheel Steve Yzerman off the list, but Datsyuk’s mesmerizing puckhandling and distribution made him the “Magic Man” in Motown.

Smart. Crafty. Virtually impossible to corner and contain A different era and position, but similar to Bruins winger Rick “Nifty” Middleton for his ability to remain calm, keep possession and keep creating. Uncanny ability to play at a faster pace but somehow make it look like he was slowing down the game. Turns 42 in July and is planning to play at least one more season in the KHL.

Nicklas Lidstrom — Second only to Orr as a seven-time Norris winner and the backline centerpiece to the four Cups the Red Wings won (‘97, ’98, ’02, ’08) with Scotty Bowman behind the bench.

Arguably the best Swedish player ever to make it to the NHL And, yes, it killed me not to include Peter Forsberg among my 13 forwards. Killed me again not to include Borje Salming with backliners.

Off-the-charts hockey IQ, smooth and effective skater, near-perfect puck management. Lasted until the third round (No. 53) in the ’89 draft, arrived in Detroit in ’91, and then rarely missed a game or a beat.

Also included is Dominik Hase.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here is a look at the five best and five worst No. 4 picks since 1969, the year the NHL draft, which originated in 1963, was expanded to 10 rounds and gained prominence (This does not account for players the teams missed on):

The best selections at No. 4

1. Steve Yzerman, Detroit, 1983: The longest-serving captain in NHL history (19 seasons) ranks seventh all-time in points (1,755), ninth in assists (1,063) and 10th in goals (692). He played all of 22 seasons in Detroit and won three Stanley Cups as a player as well as the Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) and Selke (top defensive forward) Trophies.

The worst selections at No. 4

2. Fred Williams, Detroit, 1976: He racked up 118 points in his final junior season in Saskatoon, but this center’s NHL career lasted barely more than a half-season. He appeared in 44 games in 1976-77, producing only two goals and seven points. Five years and four minor-league stops later, he retired in 1982.

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