Winter Games Athletes
Datsyuk has played in three previous Olympics, but his fourth appearance in his home country likely will be the most special. Datsyuk was discovered by a Red Wings scout in Moscow and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL draft. He's made that pick look like a steal with a long and productive career in Detroit. Datsyuk highlights a strong Russian team with high expectations, joining the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Russia is coming off a disappointing sixth-place finish at the 2010 games in Vancouver, with Datsyuk registering just one goal and two assists in four games. He heads to Sochi having battled injuries in recent seasons, including a concussion suffered in November. Though his seasons of three straight Selke Trophy honors (2007-10) as the NHL's top defensive forward may be behind him, Datsyuk still remains highly productive. He's maintained his status as one of the top two-way players in the game, and his instincts with the puck make him an exceptionally dangerous weapon in the opponent's zone. Datsyuk is a solid scorer, but his ability to find teammates may be his most dangerous weapon. He's recorded at least 40 assists six times in his career. He's represented Russia on nine different teams in international play since 2001, registering 17 goals and 28 assists in 61 games. Datsyuk, who has 15 goals and 37 assists in 37 games this season, is one of 10 Red Wings players participating in Sochi.