Originally Posted by WarriorOfGandhi wrote:
are you ****ing serious? Have you forgotten what website you are on? There are posters who routinely claim that Datsyuk is a better player than Crosby because of his aforementioned "underrated" defensive game.
You have it totally wrong. Datsyuk is by far the most overrated player on this site. A center's responsibility first and foremost is to generate scoring chances, because there are two defensemen and a goalie who are less able to do so and more capable of preventing scoring chances. Datsyuk is elite defensively, yes, certainly. He'd be a better player if he was elite offensively instead. Here are Datsyuk's scoring finishes since the (05) lockout:
17, 17, 4, 4, 28, 51, 32, and let's give him another top-20 finish for this year. This is the resume of the player that some posters feel is the best player in the world, and others say is a 1st ballot HOFer. Two-way play isn't just defense. To be the best two-way player he would have to excel at both offense and defense and the offensive ability of Crosby or Malkin or Stamkos or MSL (to name just forwards) is so far ahead that the defensive gap is irrelevant.
Datsyuk is, by far, the greatest instance of style over substance to be found in the NHL. Youtube highlights of him stealing pucks or doing SICK DEKES are not the same thing as driving a play forward and capitalizing, which many NHL players do better, even if they do it in a more boooooooooooooring fashion.
I was lurking that site and saw this, wow WOG, haha...Wings fans heads are going to explode.