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  • HHoF - Datsyuk, Kopitar, Thornton, Zetterberg?

    Who among these players is HHoF worthy? Side question: how do you rank their careers?

    I’m toying with:

    Thornton - HHoF
    Datsyuk - close but no
    Kopitar - close but no
    Zetterberg - close but no

    Zetterberg’s Conn Smythe trophy has me rethinking both his rank and HHoF worthiness though..
    4
    Datsyuk
    75.00%
    3
    Kopitar
    0%
    0
    Thornton
    75.00%
    3
    Zetterberg
    0%
    0

  • #2
    Datsyuk is an easy yes for me. He was never not in the conversation for best player in the world throughout his prime. Maybe there was always a couple players you'd put ahead of him, but he was always right there in the top five or so. The numbers might not ha e always been spectacular, but he did ha well a couple 97 point seasons. And he does have some awards in terms of Selkes. Not to mention the Cups and some international championships.

    Zetterberg and Kopitar are tough. I was tempted to say yes for both, but I guess only so many players get in. I'd have to consider who they're up against. I'd say Zetterberg more likely than Kopitar.

    I guess I'd rank their careers:

    Datsyuk, Thornton, Zetterberg, Kopitar

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    • #3
      Forget about the stats and awards with Datsyuk. The eye test says it all. Like Peter Forsberg a generation ago, anyone who watched them through their primes knows, they are so much more special than the numbers show.

      https://youtu.be/DA-HzaeCvaE

      https://youtu.be/iCKLRkqvCdM

      https://youtu.be/z5dJWXTswzI

      https://youtu.be/XdioAO_XXZQ

      https://youtu.be/12-95HTaCmE

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      • #4
        Originally posted by matchesmalone View Post
        Forget about the stats and awards with Datsyuk. The eye test says it all. Like Peter Forsberg a generation ago, anyone who watched them through their primes knows, they are so much more special than the numbers show.

        https://youtu.be/DA-HzaeCvaE

        https://youtu.be/iCKLRkqvCdM

        https://youtu.be/z5dJWXTswzI

        https://youtu.be/XdioAO_XXZQ

        https://youtu.be/12-95HTaCmE
        This. I think so many people have waxed lyrical about his (unbelievable) stick handling for so long that he's mythical enough to get in even ignoring the numbers and awards - which are good enough anyway.

        Zetterberg is tough because I've always considered him alongside Datsyuk but in reality he is more of a Kopitar and players like that need more hardware I think to get in.

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