Thankfully, the Red Wings grabbed him when they did. So far in his career, he has yet to disappoint. It's always fun to watch Datsyuk stick-handling and play on the ice. It's like watching magic happen in the rink.
Here are 13 most amazing video highlights of his career that are only small tidbits of his extraordinary talent.
I remember this game. I nearly spilled Jack Daniels all over myself when he scored this. Datsyuk had a lot of game-winning goals so far in his career.
He always just manages to get it in the nick of time.
Every die-hard Red Wings fan knows of the Gordie Howe hat trick; where a player scores a goal, records an assist and gets in a fight all in a single game.
Relieve the tradition as Datsyuk received his on October 8, 2010.
I just love it how Datsyuk breaks through the defenders to score.
This was another memorable game-winning shot, except this time it was an assist from Datsyuk to Henrik Zetterberg.
And to make it so much sweeter, it was a buzzer-beater that sent the game into overtime.
One of their best connections ever.
This one shows just one of the many classic shootout goals.
It goes to show that when Datsyuk gets his stick on the puck, he'll deke his way to the goal.
If you were part of the Red Wings-Colorado Avalanche rivalry that started in 1997, that rivalry will always exist within you.
As a Red Wings fan, you just love it when the Wings and Datsyuk beat the Avalache.
Count on Datsyuk to find creative ways to score.
He's a sneaky thief when it comes to stealing the puck.
Don't you love just watching him dance on the ice?
Another Datsyuk-Zetterberg connection. Datsyuk kicks the puck to Zetterberg who takes it up to score.
He is just one of the most creative player in the league.
Of course, there is nothing like the first goal of his career. You have to admit, that is a pretty good first goal, one of many.
I still can't believe how he got it in.
There are no words to describe Datsyuk. He's been having a great career so far with Detroit. Let's hope his awesomeness doesn't end for years to come.