Congratulations are in order for Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk. Yahoo!Sports reports that the Wings star has won the coveted Kharlamov Trophy, awarded to the best Russian in the NHL, as voted by your peers. Here's what a few of Datsyuk's compatriots said: It was the closest vote in quite some time. Fedor Tyutin of the Columbus Blue Jackets was the last one to cast his vote to ensure that Datsyuk would unseat Alex Ovechkin(notes), who won his fifth Kharlamov Trophy in a row last year. "The level of play Pavel shows is consistently unbelievably high," Tyutin said. "When you watch what he does on the ice you get a feeling that there is nothing that Pavel can't do." Alexei Kovalev, who also voted for Datsyuk, said that "he is the most important player for Detroit. When Datsyuk comes back from injuries, the team looks very different." Surprisingly, one of the players to vote for Datsyuk was Alexander Semin, a teammate of Ovechkin in Washington.
Report: Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk wins Kharlamov Trophy
Detroit Free Press | Apr 16