Pavel Datsyuk 2014 Winter Classic Jersey

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About Pavel Datsyuk

As great as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos are, one name consistently trumps them all when NHL players are asked who they think the game's most skilled player is. Datsyuk is an absolute magician with the puck, and routinely confounds opposing defenders and goaltenders with his ridiculous stickhandling skills.

Not only is he immensely skilled with the puck, but he is arguably the NHL's most capable forward without the puck. He is consistently among the league leaders in takeaways, and his three Selke Trophies give mute testament to his defensive skills.

With a pair of Stanley Cup rings, Datsyuk is a proven winner, and only Jonathan Toews can lay challenge to him as the game's best two-way player, and he is a big reason why the Detroit Red Wings have continued to be a force despite the retirement of many of their biggest stars.