This is the second part in my look back on Red Wings prospects in Europé.
1. Pavel Datsyuk Position: Center Team: AK Bars Kazan Born: 1978 Height: 5.11 Weight: 190 Drafted: 6th round in the 1998 draft (171 overall) Rating: 6.5 / 10 Last season: 40 games 9 goals 17 assists 26 points 6 pim The now 23 -year old late rounder from Sverdlovsk in Russia has emerged as one of the best prospects in the Red Wings organization during the past season. He has had a career season in Russia with 26 points (9 goals and 17 assists) in 40 games. Datsyuk has played an essential role in Kazan (one of the best clubs in Russia), he is playing on powerplay, boxplay, everything. He has played so good that he has been a regular all year long on the National Team. In the first tournaments with the national team he was center on the 3rd and 4th lines, but in the WC in Germany he played so good that he become 1st line center between Valeri Karpov (left) and Alexei Yashin (right). He maid a terrific tournament even dough he didn`t register a goal, he had 4 helpers in 7 games , was +5 (best on team), won 58% of the face-offs (best on team). He played a great two-way game, lots of great passes, moves in high speed, and very good backchecks. He didn`t behave like Russians do, but he played a very good Russian hockey. In my opinion he was the best player on the team. During the year he played in 19 games with the national team and registered 2 goals and 5 assists and 2 pim. Datsyuk is a great talent that has developed into a very good all-round Read more»