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Name: Pavel DatsyukDetroit Red Wings (#171/1998 NHL Draft)

Rating: 94
Height: 177cm/5'10"
Weight: 87kg/191.4 lb
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Born: 1978-07-20
Birthplace: Sverdlovsk, Russia

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Q&A with Andrei Kuchin 's agent (06/10/2010)
Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers): Hockey is a game for true men (10/06/2007)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings): I don't want to go to arbitratio (09/15/2005)
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08/31/2009 Smyl discusses newcomer Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks)

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Lucky number 38. That's what Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks) is hoping to become. As of the end of the 2008-09 season there were 37 Russian-born players competing in the NHL, including the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals). Shirokov is far from a household name like that fab four, but in the eyes of the Vancouver Canucks, he could develop into one. ( article by Derek Jory) READ MORE
07/24/2009 Ovechkin headlines list of top 10 Russian players

National Hockey League (NHL) -  No one really knew what to expect when the best Russian players started filtering into the NHL in the late 1980s. Alexander Mogilny provided the first real glimpse of what the fuss was all about when he defected from his native land to join the Buffalo Sabres two decades ago. Scotty Bowman then made headlines in the mid-1990s in Detroit when he rolled out the "Russian Five," consisting of forwards Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov and Slava Kozlov (Atlanta Thrashers) and defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Slava Fetisov. ( article by Mike G. Morreale) READ MORE
02/19/2009 Puck Daddy chats with Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Part 1: Defending the Cup, committing to Detroit and debating hockey's best player

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock has called center Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) the best player in the NHL. This month, The Hockey News referred to Datsyuk as "the league's quietest superstar." It's more than a little possible that they're both right. Datsyuk is currently fourth in the NHL in points scored, which is where he finished last season -- not bad for a player who is also considered one of the best defensive forwards in hockey. His Stanley Cup championship with the Red Wings last season was the second of his seven-year NHL career. READ MORE
10/07/2007 Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers): Hockey is for real men
07/03/2007 Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) intrigues the Florida Panthers staff
09/21/2005 Pavel Datsyuk re-signs with the Detroit Red Wings
09/16/2005 Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings): I don't want to go to arbitration (Soviet Sport Interview)
09/07/2005 Pavel Datsyuk - RSL free agent, closer to rejoining the Red Wings in NHL
09/05/2005 Plot Thickens: Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) signs RSL contract
09/01/2005 The State of Pavel Datsyuk-Detroit Red Wings Contract Negotiations (Interviews with the player, his agent and National Team's head coach)
08/29/2005 Putting together the final pieces - Detroit working hard to sign Pavel Datsyuk
05/30/2005 Dynamo (Moscow) retains Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) and Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens) in case of a lockout
11/08/2004 Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) injures shoulder, misses 2 games
10/04/2004 Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings #171/1998) leaves Russia
Talent Analysis:
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NHL Outlook:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2004-05 Team Russia World Championships (Intl.)9 3 4 7 0 +8
2004-05 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)7 5 3 8 2 +7
2004-05 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)0 0 0 0 0 -
2004-05 Team Russia ROSSNO Cup (Intl.)3 0 1 1 0 -
2003-04 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)47 15 17 32 16 +22
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