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AT 42, PAVEL DATSYUK ON PACE FOR HIS BEST KHL SEASON EVER

Not a lot of players can say they're still going strong in the forties, regardless of what league they are playing in. For "Magic Man" Pavel Datsyuk, age is clearly just a number. At 42-years-old, Datsyuk is on pace for his best season in the KHL since joining the league in 2016-17. With 21 games played, Datsyuk has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, averaging over a point-per-game.

If Datsyuk can continue on his current place, and stay healthy for the entire season, he should finish with somewhere between 54 and 60 points in 53 games, by far his best season in Russia since leaving the NHL five years ago.

Datsyuk is, of course, no stranger to NHL fans. He's a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2002, 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings) and is fondly remembered by fans across the league for his fantastic dekes, breakaways and shootout moves, leaving goalies looking like beer league backstoppers and defenders stunned.



Datsyuk's 22 points put him in second place on Yekaterinburg Automobilist for scoring, behind only Alexei Makeyev, who is 13 years his junior. Prior to this season, Datsyuk's best in the KHL came in 2018-19 when he put up 12 goals and 42 points in 54 games with SKA St. Petersburg.



TIM TUCKER
NOVEMBER 27, 2020  (8H16)