Tuesday, May 22, 2007

All hail Zetterberg

Yes, Zetterberg's talents are impressive. But when juxtaposed against the game's finest players -- Crosby, Ovechkin, Lecavalier, Thornton et al -- there is one stunning, even mind-boggling difference. Every one of those players was a first or second overall pick in the entry draft. All were anointed franchise players from the time they were teens.


Well, let's just put it this way. Whatever other debate might rage regarding his talent, it's safe to say Zetterberg is the finest seventh-round draft pick. Ever.
Zetterberg doesn't get nearly enough pub as one of the best players in the league, but it's certainly deserving.

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At 3:38 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger NeuroJoe said...

Being a huge Wings fan I'm obviously biased, but Datsyuk is underrated as well. He was picked at the end of the sixth round back in 1998 and is every bit as good if not better in his overall game as Zetts. For a small guy he's almost impossible to knock off the puck, has really improved his backchecking effort lately and is finally learning to shoot the puck instead of going the typical Russian "make some pretty moves and look for the pass" route. If he and Zetterberg stay together in the upcoming years it's going to be a lot of fun to watch my Wings.

At 3:44 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think the biggest difference is that Zetterberg is up there with the elite defensive forwards in the league and he has the size to contend better with the big, powerful centres in the league.

At 5:36 p.m., May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to spoil the party, but henrik lundqvist was a 7th round draft pick as well. and he's a two time vezina finalists and an olympic gold under his belt. oh yeah i believe zetterberg wouldn't have his olympic gold if it weren't for the better henrik.

At 5:51 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger NeuroJoe said...

Ugh, the last ridiculous comment has to be from my buddy Henry the Rangers fan. Dude, Lundqvist couldn't hold Zetterberg's jock. There's a reason he's out hunting reindeer right now, or whatever the Swedes do in the offseason, and Zetts is still playing. He's the far superior talent. Lundqvist is another Dan Blackburn at best.

At 7:45 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

Lundqvist is another Dan Blackburn at best.

122 NHL games, 67 wins, 7 shutouts, 2.27 GAA

63 NHL games, 20 wins, 1 shutout, 3.22 GAA

You're actually saying that Lundqvist has not had a better career so far than Dan Blackburn?

At 10:01 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger PDO said...

To say that Lundqvist couldn't hold Zetterberg's jockstrap is borderline ridiculous.

They're two of the best players in the league today.

... I'm not quite sure if either could be called better than Doug Gilmour yet though ;)

At 10:54 p.m., May 22, 2007, Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Not to mention that Montreal drafted Vladislav Tretiak in round 7 of the 1983 draft. That he never actually came over in the NHL is immaterial; Tretiak is still a shoo-in as the finest seventh-round draft pick ever.

At 12:34 a.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger NeuroJoe said...

Relax gentlemen, I'm just trying to get under my buddy's skin. Geez, thanks for ruining it for me.

Lundqvist is a much better goalie than Blackburn was. He's more like a Cloutier. ;)

At 12:25 p.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

Figures I'd miss the irony. I'm not good at that.

At 2:06 a.m., May 26, 2007, Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Sorry, everyone, I wasn't trying to ruin anything for anybody except Scott Burnside of ESPN.com, who evidently does not enjoy research.


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