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Pavel Datsyuk | Center

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 194
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Detroit Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant is encouraged by Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from ankle surgery.
"Piet watched him work out, told me he's in good spirits," GM Ken Holland said. "He's had no setbacks. He's doing lots of training. He's excited. He wants to feel 100 percent. He's happy about the surgery, what he's able to do at this point." Datsyuk is scheduled to be re-evaluated in mid-September by the doctor who performed his procedure. Holland thinks that Datsyuk's recovery is on schedule, which was set at a "minimum of three months." He could be available at the earliest in late October, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out a little longer due to his injury woes over the past couple of seasons. Aug 25 - 11:57 AM

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Pavel Datsyuk is expected to have his surgically-repaired ankle looked at on Sept. 26 for a progress report.

That is about the three-month mark and it would come in the middle of the exhibition schedule. Datsyuk probably won't be ready to play until November. Injuries have limited him to 108 games over the past two seasons.
Aug 14 - 12:20 PM

Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from ankle surgery is reportedly taking longer than expected.

It now sounds like Datsyuk might not be ready to make his 2015-16 debut until November. That reinforces a report back in early July that also warned that he might need far longer than his original four-to-six week timetable to recover. We'll hopefully get more information between now and training camp, but as things stand he seems like a higher risk draft choice than normal, which is saying quite a bit given that he was already a risky choice given his age and recent injury history.
Jul 20 - 1:39 PM

Although Pavel Datsyuk's ankle surgery originally came with a four-to-six week timetable, that might not prove to be the case.

There's been some concern that Datsyuk might not be ready for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. This is a situation you'll want to check back after the summer, but before your fantasy draft(s) as it will obviously have an influence on Datsyuk's value.
Jul 2 - 10:26 AM

Pavel Datsyuk has undergone ankle surgery and will need four-to-six weeks for recovery.

Datsyuk only played in 63 games in 2014-15, but still managed to score 26 goals and 65 points. Even at the age of 36, Datsyuk is a top-tier two-way forward. It would seem that Datsyuk will be ready in time for training camp in September.
Jun 26 - 5:36 PM

Pavel Datsyuk scored a power play goal in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay.

Datsyuk's third period goal gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead in the game. The 36-year-old rebounded nicely after being on the ice for all three of Tampa Bay's goals in game four. Datsyuk now has three goals and one assist in five playoff games so far in 2015. If Detroit wants to complete the upset of Tampa Bay, they will need Datsyuk to continue producing at an elite level.
Apr 26 - 10:35 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will be looking to rebound defensively from a poor third period in Game 4 when the Red Wings face off against the Lightning in Game 5 Saturday night in Tampa.

He was on the ice for all three goals in the final 7:51 and will have to do a better job of shadowing Tyler Johsnon, who spearheaded the Lightning comeback. Luke Glendening, who will play Saturday despite sustaining a hand injury late in Thursday's contest, likely won't get the chance to continue his checking mastery over Johnson as the Bolts have the last line change at home and Tampa coach Jon Cooper will likely look for a Datsyuk-Johnson matchup that worked so well for him Thursday night.
Apr 25 - 10:08 AM

Pavel Datsyuk netted his second goal of the postseason Tuesday as the Red Wings upended Tampa Bay by a score of 3-0.

The veteran winger was slowed by injury throughout the regular season, but seems to have found another gear so far in the playoffs. The Wings also received tallies from Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening in the victory.
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

For the fifth time in his career, Pavel Datsyuk has been named a Lady Byng Trophy finalist. He is joined by Calgary's Jiri Hudler and LA's Anze Kopitar as finalists.

Datsyuk won the Lady Byng in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09, and was a finalist in 2010. He had another remarkable season in 2014-15, recording 26 goals and 65 points in just 63 games while gathering just four minor penalties. This was Datsyuk's seventh season with more than a point per game, and his third, and second consecutive, with fewer than 10 PIMs.
Apr 21 - 7:42 PM

Pavel Datsyuk jumpstarted the Red Wings' post-season with two goals in the first 20:08 of Game 1 on Thursday night which helped Detroit push past Tampa Bay 3-2.

Datsyuk had a nice tip from a point shot to open the scoring, then ripped a nice wrister from the slot early in the second period to give Detroit an early edge. The Wings' captain now has 110 points in 146 playoff games and seven points in his past four games.
Apr 16 - 11:27 PM

Updating an earlier item, Pavel Datsyuk is indeed scratched from Saturday's regular season finale against Carolina.

"We've had a bunch of guys playing who shouldn't have been playing for a period of time, so they are out," Coach Babcock said. Through 63 games this season, Datsyuk posted 26 goals and 65 points and won 54% of his 1,120 draws.
Apr 11 - 6:29 PM

It is very unlikely that Pavel Datsyuk will suit up against the Hurricanes in the Red Wings' last game of the season.

There is no reason for Datsyuk, who just returned to action after recovering from a foot or ankle injury, to play as the Red Wings have already clinched a playoff spot. Make sure you have Datsyuk on your bench and another body in his place for games Saturday.
Apr 11 - 9:35 AM

Pavel Datsyuk helped the Red Wings earn a crucial point on Thursday night by scoring and assisting in the team's overtime loss to Montreal.

Detroit clinched a playoff spot with Boston's loss to Florida, but their seed and opponent remains a mystery as they might fall into the Wild Card slot if they lose Saturday's finale in Carolina and Ottawa beats Philadelphia. If they remain in third place of the Atlantic Division, the Wings could play the Bolts or the Habs, whoever ends up in second-place. Datsyuk has 65 points in 63 games this season.
Apr 10 - 12:08 AM

Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and an assist, including the eventual winner, during Tuesday's 3-2 win over Carolina.

Datsyuk has now tallied points in three of four games, with two goals and five points over that span. He has 25 goals and 63 points in 62 games this season.
Apr 8 - 1:24 AM

Pavel Datsyuk skipped the morning skate, but GM Ken Holland expects him to be in the pregame warmup.

Coach Mike Babcock expects Datsyuk to play because "my mind won't let me think anything else." Datsyuk has been dealing with a foot or ankle issue. If he does play then it's expected that he'll be reunited with Henrik Zetterberg, who has been struggling to score goals for a while now.
Apr 7 - 5:13 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Brad Richards
3Riley Sheahan
4Darren Helm
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Teemu Pulkkinen
4Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Johan Franzen
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
6Landon Ferraro
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek