DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk scored high marks amongst his peers in a poll released today by the NHLPA and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
Datsyuk had the highest percentage in the following categories — smartest player; hardest player to take puck from; most difficult to play against; most difficult to stop; cleanest player; hardest forward to take puck away from.
Nicklas Lidstrom was the top role model.
Here is the press release:
TORONTO (February 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA today will release the results from the NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll. Results can be viewed at http://www.PlayersPoll.ca.
On tonight’s CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA coverage of the New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens game at 6:00 PM ET, the Player Poll will be discussed and the final three results will be revealed: the Players’ choice for the current NHL player they would select to start a franchise; whether fighting should be banned; and the Canadian city that most deserves an NHL team.
The second-annual NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll surveyed NHLPA members on a wide range of topics around the game, with 257 NHL players participating in the poll. A few of the results include:
· Pavel Datsyuk was voted in the top spot for six different results, including the smartest player and the hardest to take the puck from
· Marian Gaborik was again voted by his peers as the best skater, as well as the fastest
· Patrice Bergeron earned the nod from the players as the most underrated, while his teammate Zdeno Chara was overwhelmingly voted the toughest defenceman to play against; meanwhile, Milan Lucic earned the top spot for toughest player, narrowly edging out teammates Chara and Shawn Thornton
· Henrik Lundqvist was convincingly voted as the most difficult goalie to score on
· Nicklas Lidstrom was named the best role model, followed closely by Sidney Crosby
Players were polled on several other topics, including which player they would pick to start a franchise; the Canadian city they feel is most suited for an NHL team; cleanest player; both underrated and overrated teams; both fighting and the instigator; best referee; coach they would most like to play for; most demanding coach; assistant coach they think should be the next head coach; best and worst ice; and their favourite arena.
For complete NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll results, including fan results on the same questions the players were asked, please visit http://www.PlayersPoll.ca, or go to http://www.nhlpa.com.