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Pavel Datsyuk
NUMBER: 13 BIRTHDATE: July 20, 1978  (AGE 36)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Sverdlovsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 198 DRAFTED: DET / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (171st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Datsyuk finished fourth in the NHL scoring race in 2007-08 with a career-high 97 points (31 goals, 66 assists) in 82 games. He led the club in scoring for a third consecutive season, matching the feat of franchise greats Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman. Datsyuk also excelled at the defensive end, leading all NHL players in plus-minus with a career-best +41 rating and topping all NHL forwards with 144 takeaways, 67% more than his nearest rival (Dallas' Mike Modano, 86). Datsyuk also ranked first among Red Wings forwards in blocked shots (42). <br /> <br /> He was eligible for the NHL Entry Draft twice before Detroit selected him in the sixth round, 171st overall in 1998. Detroit's Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jim Nill commented: &quot;Hakan Andersson (Detroit scout), saw him a couple of times each year and said Pavel reminded him of a young Igor Larionov with his playmaking ability. We decided that you couldn't take away what he could accomplish with the puck -- his ability to find teammates in almost any situation, the moves that make him so dangerous in the NHL now.&quot; <br /> <br /> In his first All-Star appearance (2004), Datsyuk centered a line with Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames. Datsyuk described his rookie All-Star Game in 2004 this way: &quot;Yeah, a little nervous. Maybe a little bit. It was a lot of fun. A few chances for our line, maybe three -- not enough.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On learning from Brett Hull: &quot;Brett's a funny guy. He always talked a lot. For me, sometimes pointing worked best. I could see in my mind what he was saying. I saw plays work. He gave me confidence to play better. He pushed me to do more. But I tried to learn to shoot like him ... but that was impossible.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the influence of Igor Larionov: &quot;I learned from (Larionov) a lot; he was one of the guys who make it happen for us younger guys. He taught me real Russian traditional hockey -- keep the puck, don't give it away, make plays and make good, smart passes and give-and-go. He didn't take lots of shots but he'd do an unbelievable defensive job ... he made me feel at home (upon arrival in Detroit). He showed me supermarkets. Taught me how to save money. Taught me the best English words.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom on his play this season: &quot;He's been playing great. Everything he's doing out there, he's holding on to the puck, he's making good decisions. He's shooting the puck more too, and it's paying off for sure.&quot; <br /> <br /> Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom: &quot;He's so quick with his hands, and he's really shifty. We see him in practice every day, and he's really good at (beating defenders).&quot; <br /> <br /> Former linemate Brett Hull: &quot;He's the smartest player I've ever played with.&quot; <br /> <br /> Dallas goaltender Marty Turco: &quot;The hands, the feet, the moves ... they're magical.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090114/SPORTS0103/901140335/1004">Datsyuk Stars on Ice</a><br /> <a href="http://redwings.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=381456" target="_blank">Datsyukian Degree of Separation</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2003-04</td> <td>West</td> <td>4-6</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>West</td> <td>7-8</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">1</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com