Ryan Getzlaf

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  1. The misconception that Datsyuk and Zetterberg are equal

    This is why I love this topic, its like Yzerman vs Fedorov but better because.. 1. Pavel is a Selke winner, probably twice over 2. Pavel isn't a "greedy Russian", even though that "Greedy Canadian" Joe Sakic was higher paid and held out for more money than Fedorov did. Not to mention Yzerman was paid $8 million a season to play the role of a shutdown center. Datsyuk just produced 2 back to back 97 point, Selke winning seasons. This isn't Pahlsson vs Datsyuk, Z and D are nearly identical players in role, minutes and linemates. Datsyuk is better defensively and can score a 100 points playing with anyone on the team. The same can't be said for Zetterberg. The funny thing about Smythe voting is that Franzen could cool off for the next two rounds, Datsyuk could find his game and win the Smythe. Datsyuk was our best forward in the Nashville and Dallas series last season, Franzen was the best in the Colorado series and Zetterberg was the best in the Pittsburgh series. Its just a case of "What have you done for me lately" with the Smythe, unless you outscored your competition by a ton of points. Yzerman = Zetterberg Fedorov = Datsyuk I'll take the Russians, even if they're greedy and can't lead a team to squat, this team never won a cup without Datsyuk or Fedorov on the top of their games. The phrase "Leadership" is the last Zetterberg fans can hold onto to even make the argument relevant. Dats outscored Zetterberg by 20 points this year. Change the argument to "Datsyuk vs Spezza, Kovalchuk, Getzlaf" basically any other top tier non-Wing and it would be a landslide. Zetterberg is the golden boy... Datsyuk could score 130 points, win a Hart and the majority of fans would say he blows and hes no better than Cleary because they only look at stats.