The Next Pavel Datsyuk?

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 13: Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs shoots during warmup before his first NHL game at the Air Canada Centre against the Vancouver Canucks November 13, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings‘ own Pavel Datsyuk is well known throughout the league for his insane stick handling and precision defense.

In fact, you would be hard pressed not to call him the best two-way player in the game–thus, ultimately the best.

The things Datsyuk can do with the puck on his stick, or to get the puck off of yours, is simply mind-bending.

It really speaks for a player’s talent when they can consistently make grown men–and fellow professionals mind you–look like children night in and night out.

Datsyuk is the guy known best for this, weaving through defenders with a series of “Datsyukian Dekes” he repeatedly beats the odds–whether it is by splitting double teams, shooting cross ice no look passes to wide open forwards, or denying easy 2-1 rushes with an amazing takeaway, Datsyuk simply is always there.

I always thought of Pavel as a unique player, who’s skill set would remain unmatched in hockey.

Simply put, there are TONS of great NHL players out there, but none of them wow you in the ways Datsyuk does.

Snipes are nice, hits are fun, but No. 13 is in a class of his own.

At least that is what I thought until I looked into a guy I had been hearing a lot about–Nazem Kadri.

The former OHL phenom was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and quite possibly could be the resurgent force the Leafs have been so longing for.

The kicker? Nazem possesses stick skills reminiscent of Pavel Datsyuk, with hands I haven’t seen since Peter Forsberg.

Don’t believe me? Fine…just watch the videos below:

Yeah, how’s that for Tim Thomas’ resurgent season? Still not convinced? Ok, two more videos.

So there you have it. What do you think? Datsyuk-esque? Still not a believer? I want to hear from you guys!

Tags: Canada Datsyuk Detroit Detroit Red Wings Draft Hockey Kadri Knights Leafs London Maple Leafs Nazem Nazem Kadri NHL OHL Pavel Pavel Datsyuk Prospect Toronto

comments powered by Disqus