Sunday, July 24, 2011

July-lights: July 24th, Datsyuk Splits The Sharks

There is very few in the world of hockey that are better than the Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk. From his jaw dropping dangles to his slick handed takeaways there is nothing Datsyuk can't do. A player that has displayed so much offensive domination over the course of his career, most would think was highly recruited and taken very early in the draft, not it Datsyuk's case. Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall of the 1998 Entry Draft, talk about a grab.

Since officially coming into the league in the '01-'02 season Datsyuk has displayed offensive excellence, appearing in 662 games, scoring 221 goals, assisting on 430, and totaling 651 points. Not bad for a sixth rounder if you ask me.

However, Datsyuk is also known for his defensive contributions as well, sporting an overwhelming +/- of 187 having only been negative during the '03-'04 season where he went -2.  A contributing aspect to his well groomed defense is his ability to steal the puck away from his opponent, ranking in the top ten in takeaways last season with 71.

But lets not get away from the purpose of this post, Datsyuk's goal against the Sharks. Check it out below.

Remember he is a sixth round draft pick!

After Brian Rafalski gave Datsyuk a pass from the defensive zone, Datsyuk went to work. After he came through the neutral zone he split both San Jose Shark defense man and walked in on goalie, Antero Niittymaki, who missed a poke check, and found himself way outside of his crease. Datsyuk cut around a fishing Niitymaki and buried the puck in an empty net, adding to his slew of highlight reel goals.

He is a sixth rounder! Come on!

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