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TimeJun 21, 2016

Siri got it right......Magic

When we think about a players defensive proficiency our mind goes instinctively to Defensive Zone Coverage (DZC). Is he good in his own zone? It's an important question to ask because 'his own zone' is where defensive plays can quickly lead to chances against or to breakouts. So it's a fair question but it is also part of a bigger question that is more difficult to answer. How strong is he defensively in all areas of the ice? Which brings us to Pavel Datsyuk

In his time in the NHL, Datsyuk played defense on every inch of the ice. In fact, he played it so well up ice that he didn't have to play in DZC as often as others.

Let's look at Datsyuk's defensive contributions on a play by play basis to understand his defensive brilliance.

Data is combined over the past two regular seasons at even strength.

FORECHECK: rank 1st

Datsyuk made more positive defensive plays on the Forecheck than any other centerman. We can see this through the skills he used while making those plays

Skills are based on frequency per 10 minutes of even strength ice-time. Rankings are based on 120 centermen.

RUSH DEFEND/BACKCHECK: rank 5th

Skills are based on frequency per 10 minutes of even strength ice-time. Rankings are based on 120 centermen.

DEFENSIVE ZONE COVERAGE: rank 12th

Skills are based on frequency per 10 minutes of even strength ice-time. Rankings are based on 120 centermen.

Over the past two seasons data at even strength Datsyuk ranked 3rd in Offense and 4th in Defense among 120 centers. Think back to the last player who has performed so well on both sides of the puck.....and keep in mind Datsyuk did it at 36 and 37 years of age.

As much as people love the "Magic Man", he may have been even better than we thought.


Read Datsyuk's Offensive Profile here


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