Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:22 AM
Honestly, I think the biggest loss of the last 5 years has been Lidstrom (obviously), Rafalski and Stuart on the back end. For all the crap the latter two caught for "sucking" we're only now seeing the value of players of their caliber on the back end. Having 4 quality defencemen, all of whom could move the puck, was such a huge part of the way we played. Now we're lucky if our defencemen manage to chip the puck out the zone to centre ice.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk