Apr 27, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) and center Henrik Zetterberg (40) celebrate a goal during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Who Will Lead 2013-14 The Detroit Red Wings In Points?

A couple of weeks ago we talked about who would lead the Detroit Red Wings in assists and goals next season.

The votes have been counted and Pavel Datsyuk ran away with first place after securing 76% of the votes in the assist category and then once again placed first in the goals category, but this time with only 30% of the vote.

Henrik Zetterberg placed second in the assist category and was the only runner-up with 18% and was the only runner-up in double digits. In the goals category, Zetterberg placed third with 19% of the vote.

Johan Franzen is the only other player who received enough votes to be added to this list, despite the fact that he was not even in the assist poll. In the goals category, Franzen placed second with 26% of the vote.

Now it is time to take a look at who will lead the Red Wings in overall points next season.

Going off of the votes it looks like Pavel Datsyuk will be the one to take the crown, but I would not count out Henrik Zetterberg, despite the fact that he was a distant second in overall voting.

Over the past five seasons, both Zetterberg and Datsyuk have led the Red Wings in points three times, one being a tied between the two.

The main difference between these players is that in the two years where Zetterberg bested Datsyuk in points, Datsyuk was injured and did not play in all 82 games, while Zetterberg have been able to stay healthy.

Datysuk’s point per game stats trounce Zetterberg’s, but if he cannot stay healthy for the whole season it could be Zetterberg coming out on top again.

This is very much a two-horse race, but there is a wildcard in the bunch that could pull off an upset in Stephen Weiss, although it is very unlikely.

Weiss knows how to produce on the ice after being the Florida Panthers’ number one center. As Detroit’s second line center, he will be playing against lesser competition and have less pressure to carry a team, which could free him up to produce more on the ice.

He has been known to produce 60 points a season, but that was with Florida, with the Wings he could end up producing more next season.

If Pavel Datsyuk is able to stay healthy then he will be the leader, but Henri Zetterberg will be right behind him in the standings, while Weiss brings up third place.

Who do you think will lead the Red Wings in points next season?

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