There are many that believe Datsyuk is the best player in hockey. His puck handling is unmatched, and he is truly a force all over the ice. He is tied for the second-most Selke awards with three, and is usually good for around 30 goals a season.
Really the only knock on him is that he is too unselfish. In order to get a push into Hart Trophy consideration, he needs to up his goal count. In truth, his overall play should already make him a candidate, but people tend to get caught up in the goals stats.
He has 13 goals and is in the top five in the league in points. His passes and willingness to set up opponents make him an assist machine. After getting off to a slow start where he only scored two goals over the first 17 games, Datsyuk has picked up the pace with 39 points (11 goals) in the 28 games since.
The Selke could just be named after him. If not for injuries that forced him to miss 26 games last season, he was the favorite to win it again. Year after year, his takeaway numbers are at the top of the league. He often has a huge lead over second place—he has won by 58 and 49 takeaways. Such all around greatness should be rewarded.
People are attracted to the big goals, so for Datsyuk to get a push for the Hart he needs to up his goal production. He will likely need to get 40 goals and 65 assist to be recognized as a Hart contender. The assists should not be an issue.