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Datsyuk, Red Wings destined for each other

In less than three seasons, Pavel Datsyuk has changed from a player with potential to a player who knows how to use it.

Originally Published: January 26, 2004
By Mike Heika | Special to ESPN.com

Pavel Datsyuk is lucky.

That's right, the NHL's eighth-leading scorer and Hart Trophy candidate is a product of the stars aligning just right.

Then again, the Detroit Red Wings will tell you they kind of lucked out along the way, as well.

But if it was some sort of cosmic lottery that led to the pairing of a too-small forward from an industrial town in the Ural mountains of Russia with one of the best prepared organizations in the NHL, then both sides appreciate the assist from ...

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