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Datsyuk Dominates in the HNIC Players Poll

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It's good to see his peers give him the credit he deserves. It doesn't mean, though, that the sportswriters and the other powers that be in charge of the awards will give him the same credit. But trust me, it's about damned time they do.

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Love seeing this. Datsyuk is the best all around player in the NHL and worth the price of admission if you know what your watching. So thankful to have him on our team.

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It's good to see his peers give him the credit he deserves. It doesn't mean, though, that the sportswriters and the other powers that be in charge of the awards will give him the same credit. But trust me, it's about damned time they do.

The Lindsay trophy is voted on by the players, isn't it?

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in general much love for Pavel. more than you'd normally expect, but it's nice to hear.

couple of things stuck me, though...

VanMassenoven getting 9%. Canucks as 1/30 make up for 3% so who are the other 2 teams that get free ride from Don VanCouver?

Tony Granato in top 5 of assistant coaches deserving full time job? like really, really? Avalanche 2004 anyone?

worst ice/best ice - anyone stuck with correlation between this and geographical latitude? rolleyes.gif

hardest players to take the puck away from - anyone stuck with the apparent correlation between the position in this rating and European provenience of the player rolleyes.gif

Howard 5th in goalie ranking... pretty high I'd say. nice to see him getting the credit though...

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Can you believe we (I included) used to trash this guy for his playoff performances from 2003-2006? I remember when some Wings fans didn't like the Pavel contract, especially after no-showing when it mattered the most. Now this guy has become the best playoff performer in the league and once Z returns to usual form, the Wings will be dangerous, this time with HCA hopefully.

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Can you believe we (I included) used to trash this guy for his playoff performances from 2003-2006? I remember when some Wings fans didn't like the Pavel contract, especially after no-showing when it mattered the most. Now this guy has become the best playoff performer in the league and once Z returns to usual form, the Wings will be dangerous, this time with HCA hopefully.

to be fair, it used to be deserved. As good as he has been since, not sure I'd say he's become the best playoff performer.

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He's leading in another poll on NHL.com

With the game on the line, which of these players do you want with the puck?

Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings): 33.88 %

Evgeni Malkin (Penguins): 25.01 %

Henrik Sedin (Canucks): 11.04 %

Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks): 10.98 %

Steven Stamkos (Lightning): 10.91 %

Claude Giroux (Flyers): 8.19 %

I personally wouldn't mind any of those guys but I believe that I would pick Pav if I were a fan of a team not involved in that poll.

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In Pavel we trust. Nothing else need be said.

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Interesting....Vancouver are a bunch of whiney cry babies, and I love the story about all the players trying the Datsyuk move and no-one being able to do it :)

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It shows that you don't have to be a fighter to make your point...finesse works just fine.

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I hate when people compare Datsyuk to God. I mean, sure he's good, but he's not as good as Datsyuk.

Yeah really. God has no puck skills whatsoever.

Cleanest Players

This one makes me so proud to be a wings fan.

I am slightly surprised by the Zetterberg votes. It has nothing to do with that collision from the CBJ game. In my view Z isn't afraid to get a little chippy and dirty with some hacks and whacks here and there. The two that bring that out of him the best I think are Kesler, Backes and maybe Crosby.

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Who has the hardest shot?

1. Zdeno Chara 59%

2. Shea Weber 33%

3. Sheldon Souray 2%

4. Alex Ovechkin 1%

Who is the best skater?

1. Marian Gaborik 33%

2. Sidney Crosby 9%

3. Patrick Marleau 6%

4. Duncan Keith 5%

5. Darren Helm 5%

6. Phil Kessel 4%

Who is the smartest player?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 45%

2. Sidney Crosby 16%

3. Nicklas Lidstrom 15%

4. Jonathan Toews 4%

5. Claude Giroux 3%

6. Henrik Sedin 2%

Who is the toughest player?

1. Milan Lucic 20%

2. Zdeno Chara 17%

3. Shawn Thornton 11%

4. Brian McGrattan 7%

5. George Parros 4%

6. Matt Carkner 4%

Who is the most difficult player to play against?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 26%

2. Zdeno Chara 19%

3. Sidney Crosby 9%

4. Evgeni Malkin 7%

5. Jonathan Toews 4%

6. Shea Weber 3%

Who is the hardest to take the puck from?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 47%

2. Evgeni Malkin 10%

3. Sidney Crosby 9%

4. Jaromir Jagr 6%

5. Joe Thornton 3%

6. Rick Nash 2%

Which goalie is the most difficult to score on?

1. Henrik Lundqvist 38%

2. Pekka Rinne 19%

3. Tim Thomas 16%

4. Carey Price 5%

5. Mikka Kiprusoff 3%

6. Jimmy Howard 3%

Who is the fastest skater?

1. Marian Gaborik 32%

2. Michael Grabner 26%

3. Darren Helm 10%

4. Erik Cole 5%

5. Phil Kessel 4%

6. Patrick Marleau 3%

Which player is the most difficult to stop?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 24%

2. Steven Stamkos 12%

3. Sidney Crosby 12%

4. Alexander Semin 12%

5. Nathan Gerbe 6%

6. Evgeni Malkin 6%

Who is the most underrated player?

1. Patrice Bergeron 9%

2. Jamie Benn 6%

3. Loui Eriksson 4%

4. Claude Giroux 3%

5. David Krejci 3%

6. David Backes 3%

Which current player is the best role model?

1. Nicklas Lidstrom 23%

2. Sidney Crosby 20%

3. Jonathan Toews 10%

4. Jarome Iginla 9%

5. Shane Doan 7%

6. Daniel Alfredsson 5%

Who is the cleanest player to play against?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 21%

2. Martin St. Louis 13%

3. Nicklas Lidstrom 13%

4. Ray Whitney 5%

5. Henrik Zetterberg 4%

6. Kyle Wellwood 4%

Which current player would you select to start a franchise?

1. Sidney Crosby 41%

2. Jonathan Toews 18%

3. Pavel Datsyuk 6%

4. Claude Giroux 5%

5. Steven Stamkos 5%

6. Evgeni Malkin 4%

Who is the toughest defenceman to play against?

1. Zdeno Chara 61%

2. Shea Weber 12%

3. Nicklas Lidstrom 6%

4. Chris Pronger 3%

5. Brooks Orpik 3%

6. Douglas Murray 1%

Who is the toughest forward to play against?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 25%

2. Milan Lucic 15%

3. Evgeni Malkin 13%

4. Sidney Crosby 9%

5. Alexander Ovechkin 3%

6. Zach Parise 2%

Which team is overrated?

1. Vancouver Canucks 24%

2. Toronto Maple Leafs 18%

3. Washington Capitals 15%

4. New York Rangers 9%

5. Ottawa Senators 4%

6. Pittsburgh Penguins 4%

Which team is underrated?

1. St. Louis Blues 28%

2. Nashville Predators 21%

3. Ottawa Senators 11%

4. Florida Panthers 11%

5. New York Islanders 10%

6. Toronto Maple Leafs 5%

Who is the best referee?

1. Paul Devorski 19%

2. Kelly Sutherland 15%

3. Wes McCauley 13%

4. Dan Van Massenhoven 9%

5. Stephen Walkom 6%

6. Kyle Hehman 6%

Which coach would you most like to play for?

1. Dan Bylsma 21%

2. Joel Quenneville 11%

3. Dave Tippett 8%

4. Mike Babcock 8%

5. John Tortorella 7%

6. Todd McLellan 4%

Which coach demands the most of his players?

1. John Tortorella 59%

2. Daryl Sutter 8%

3. Ken Hitchcock 8%

4. Mike Babcock 7%

5. Dan Bylsma 3%

6. Brent Sutter 2%

Which current assistant coach should be the next head coach?

1. Brad Shaw 7%

2. Dave Cameron 6%

3. Doug Houda 6%

4. Dave Lewis 5%

5. Craig Ramsay 5%

6. Tony Granato 4%

What is your favorite rink to play in?

1. Montreal Bell Centre 33%

2. United Center 17%

3. Madison Square Gardens 7%

4. Joe Louis Arena 6%

5. Air Canada Centre 5%

6. TD Gardens 5%

Which rink has the best ice?

1. Rexall Place Edmonton 47%

2. Bell Centre Montreal 15%

3. Joe Louis Detroit 10%

4. Rogers Arena Vancouver 5%

5. MTS Centre Winnipeg 5%

6. Scotiabank Saddledome 3%

Which rink has the worst ice?

1. Bank Atlantic Center Florida 18%

2. Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa Bay 11%

3. Honda Center Anaheim 11%

4. Staples Center Los Angeles 8%

5. Madison Square Gardens New York 8%

6. American Airlines Center Dallas 6%

What team would you most like to play for?

1. Chicago Blackhawks 14%

2. Detroit Red Wings 13%

3. Boston Bruins 11%

4. Toronto Maple Leafs 8%

5. Montreal Canadiens 6%

6. Tampa Bay 5%

Which Canadian City Deserves an NHL Franchise?

1. Quebec City

2. Toronto (2nd)

3. Hamilton

Should the instigator rule be abolished?

1. No 53%

Should fighting be completely banished?

1. No 98%

http://www.playerspoll.ca

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Who is the smartest player?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 45%

2. Sidney Crosby 16%

3. Nicklas Lidstrom 15%

4. Jonathan Toews 4%

5. Claude Giroux 3%

6. Henrik Sedin 2%

Smartest meaning hockey sense. I can fathom Nick and Sid being comparable but I don't know if Pav is THAT much ahead of either of those two.

Which goalie is the most difficult to score on?

1. Henrik Lundqvist 38%

2. Pekka Rinne 19%

3. Tim Thomas 16%

4. Carey Price 5%

5. Mikka Kiprusoff 3%

6. Jimmy Howard 3%

I'm a little surprised that Jimmy made this list. Not Jimmy himself or his abilities but that other players regarded him in that way.

Which player is the most difficult to stop?

1. Pavel Datsyuk 24%

2. Steven Stamkos 12%

3. Sidney Crosby 12%

4. Alexander Semin 12%

5. Nathan Gerbe 6%

6. Evgeni Malkin 6%

Semin and Gerbe? Someone want to explain that to me?

Which team is overrated?

1. Vancouver Canucks 24%

2. Toronto Maple Leafs 18%

3. Washington Capitals 15%

4. New York Rangers 9%

5. Ottawa Senators 4%

6. Pittsburgh Penguins 4%

Now this is a funny result.

Who is the best referee?

1. Paul Devorski 19%

2. Kelly Sutherland 15%

3. Wes McCauley 13%

4. Dan Van Massenhoven 9%

5. Stephen Walkom 6%

6. Kyle Hehman 6%

No Dan O'Halloran? Brad Watson? Denis LaRue? Shocking.

Which rink has the best ice?

1. Rexall Place Edmonton 47%

2. Bell Centre Montreal 15%

3. Joe Louis Detroit 10%

4. Rogers Arena Vancouver 5%

5. MTS Centre Winnipeg 5%

6. Scotiabank Saddledome 3%

I've always had the perception that players complain a lot about the ice at JLA because the building is so old and whatever.

Which rink has the worst ice?

1. Bank Atlantic Center Florida 18%

2. Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa Bay 11%

3. Honda Center Anaheim 11%

4. Staples Center Los Angeles 8%

5. Madison Square Gardens New York 8%

6. American Airlines Center Dallas 6%

Hmm...

What team would you most like to play for?

1. Chicago Blackhawks 14%

2. Detroit Red Wings 13%

3. Boston Bruins 11%

4. Toronto Maple Leafs 8%

5. Montreal Canadiens 6%

6. Tampa Bay 5%

Nice.

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