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Pavel Datsyuk climbs the scoring ranks

Jan 20, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk, Corey Crawford AP

For several years, Pavel Datsyuk was considered something of a hockey connoisseur’s Hart Trophy pick. Despite scoring at a great rate in just about every season, he always seemed resigned to settle for a Selke Trophy because Datsyuk fell a few strides short of being a top scorer.

It seemed that would happen again this season, but all of a sudden the ludicrously slick forward is making a meteoric rise up the scoring ranks, as Ansar Khan discusses here.

With 11 goals and 30 assists in his last 30 games, Datsyuk’s 51 overall points ties him with Steven Stamkos and Joffrey Lupul for third place overall in the NHL.

The Sedin twins and Evgeni Malkin will surely give Datsyuk everything he can handle in the Art Ross Trophy race, but considering his fantastic two-way play and eye-grabbing style, one cannot help but wonder if he’ll finally get serious Hart consideration from the guys who cast the ballots.

Who’s your early NHL MVP, then?

  1. punkrulz24 - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    I’m really hoping Claude Giroux can get out of his funk and start climbing again!

  2. danphipps01 - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Malkin’s been scoring ever since he became the de- facto go-to guy for the Pens. With Crosby still nowhere near capable of playing, that’s not going to stop anytime soon. So, assuming Geno doesn’t take a knee injury for the millionth time in his career and rounds out this season, he’ll probably edge everyone out in total points. His hot streak’s been going since November, didn’t fade in the least when the Pens started losing games and seems to be picking up even more steam lately – who can say if/when he’ll slow down? I have to figure on it being him. He loves being relied upon to win games for the Penguins and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

    • polegojim - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Malkin is an excellent one way player.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Datsyuk is the best two-way forward in the game hands down. I’m obviously pulling for Claude Giroux but I wouldn’t mind seeing Datsyuk winning. He doesn’t get much love from the NHL or the national media.

  4. polegojim - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Dats is a modesty and quiet guy who just plays the game and confounds defenses.

    Gotta love a guy who’s that good and not a media hound.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

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