Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Red Wings May Not Miss Datsyuk As Much As You Think

Pavel Datsyuk won't play for the Red Wings this season, it appears, and if you think that means curtains for the team's chances this season, you're only half right.

Datsyuk is, in my opinion, one of the best players in the league, for his age. He can be at times brilliant, dominating, slippery and deadly -- sometimes all at once. When he gets the puck and some ice, he's as dangerous and as fun as anyone in the world.

But Pavel Datsyuk has trouble in the playoffs, and that has been true for too many Red Wings lately. He was one of a good-sized handful who made like David Copperfield and vanished in the postseason action against Nashville and Calgary wayyyy back in 2004.

So the Red Wings will miss Pavel terribly between October and April, and it may cause them to slip a bit in the regular season standings. But if you think that his lack of presence will be all that noticeable during the "second season" of May and, we hope, June, then you may find it difficult to tell the difference between that and the Pavel Datsyuk of recent playoff runs.

The Red Wings will suffer from this Datsyuk/Omsk, Russia contract -- no question. And I would certainly like to have him than not. But when the games have mattered most, where has he been, really?

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