Does Pavel Datsyuk Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Pavel Datsyuk was arguably the best two-way forward of his era, able to dominate other teams defensively without taking many penalties, while scoring enough to sometimes rank in the Top 10 in league scoring. He was the NHL’s first “Corsi God,” a player who drove possession so well that, once the NHL started tracking possession numbers, Datsyuk was simply the best player in the league by those metrics.

However, Datsyuk does not have the gaudy offensive numbers of other NHL Hall of Famers, and he was often played as the second best forward on his own team.

So where does Datsyuk rank all time? Listen to us talk about Pavel Datsyuk here:

Datsyuk’s stats:


  • NHL: 2001-2016; 14 seasons, all quality
  • 314G, 604A (3rd Russian All Time) for 918P, +249 in 953 games; 18:52 ATOI; 111.2 PS
  • Datsyuk is 2nd All Time in APG among Russian NHL players
  • Draft: In his draft class (1998), Datsyuk, taken 171st overall, is
    • 2nd in Goals and Assists
    • 3rd in Points
    • 1st in Plus/Minus
  • Era: Of the 145 players to play in at least 750 games between 2001 and 2016, Datsyuk is
    • 17th in Goals
    • 25th in GPG
    • 3rd in Assists
    • 4th in APG
    • 7th in Points, Offensive Point Shares and Point Shares
    • 6th in PPG
    • 2nd in Plus/Minus
  • 82-game average: 27G, 52A for 79P, +21
  • 3-year peak (2006-09): 82-game average of 31G, 65A for 95P, +38
  • Possession (since 2007-08):
    • 59% Corsi For (1st, minimum 500 games)
    • 5.9% Relative Corsi For (4th, min 500 games)
    • 58.2% Fenwick For (1st, min 500 games)
    • 5.6% Relative Fenwick For (4th, min 500 games)
  • Playoffs: 42G, 71A for 113P, +34 in 157 games
  • Adjusted: 356G, 670A for 1026P
  • Adjusted 82-game average: 31G, 58A for 88P
  • Datsyuk is 23rd All Time in Adjusted APG
  • Contract traded after his retirement with a pick for a minor leaguer and pick.


  • Selke (‘08, ‘09, ‘10)
  • Byng (‘08, ‘09)
  • Top 5 in Hart voting once, Top 5 in Calder voting, Top 5 in Selke voting a further four times
  • Top 10 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (‘09)
  • Scored 30 goals three times, 25 goals seven times, 20 goals eight times
  • Tallied 60 assists three times, 50 assists four times, 40 assists six times
  • Scored 90 points twice, 80 points four times, 70 points five times, 60 points eight times, 50 points ten times
  • Top 5 in Assists twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in Points twice, Top 10 three times
  • Top 5 in APG twice, Top 10 five times
  • Top 5 in PPG once, Top 10 three times
  • Led the league in Plus/Minus once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 four times
  • 2nd Team All Star once
  • 3 All Star Game appearances.
  • Non-NHL:
    • KHL All-Star twice

Great Teams:

  • Top 3 Forward on one Champion (‘08 Red Wings) and one Final Four (‘07 Red Wings),Top 3 Forward but injured (missed 7 games) on one Runner Up (‘09 Red Wings), Role Player on one Champion (‘02 Red Wings)
  • Top 3 Forward (“Media All Star” but not Top 3 in points) on one Olympic Champion (‘18 Russia), Top 6??? Forward (by points) on one Olympic Bronze (‘02 Russia)
  • “Best Forward” (tournament award) on one World Championship Runner Up (‘10 Russia), Top 3 Forward (by points) on one World Champion Bronze (‘05 Russia), Top 6??? Forward (by points) on one World Champion (‘12 Russia) and one Bronze (‘16 Russia)
  • Top 9 Forward (by points) on one Gagarin Cup Champion (‘17 SKA Saint Petersburg)

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