If I had to choose one member of the Detroit Red Wings to be a member of my hip hop crew, I'd choose Todd Bertuzzi, for obvious reasons that I think are best alluded to in this song by the great Busta Rhymes .
But Mike Posner, known mostly for his 2010 hit, Cooler Than Me , clearly knows the value of a good two-way center. So he recruited Pavel Datsyuk instead.
Posner's latest single, "Top of the world", features a return to the rapper's Detroit roots. The video is a tribute to the city, of sorts, filmed in Detroit's streets, schools, and fields, and featuring brief appearances by local athletes like Datsyuk. Look for the Red Wing forward early in the video, doing that hip hop video thing where you stand next to the rapper as though you have his back.
Not a bad song, although this strikes me as yet another instance of rappers taking the wrong lessons from gangster movies. Much like Scarface, the man that gave us "top of the world" uttered the phrase not after he achieved global success, but just moments before dying a fiery and hubristic death. But to each his own.
Anyway, speaking of takeaways, it's great to see hockey's top pickpocket in this video, but I'll admit to being disappointed that he didn't get a verse. It's not like there wasn't room. Shortly after we see him, Big Sean gets some airtime. But who cares about Big Sean? Has he ever won the Selke? No he has not. Let Dats rhyme and rip.
It's not like there isn't precedent among Russian superstars. Alex Ovechkin rapped in a music video once .
Congratulations on getting Datsyuk to appear in your video, Mike Posner, but the next time, you give the man a microphone so he can spit hot fire.
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Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
Cody Franson isn't exactly following up on the promise that he showed last season. Currently, he's on pace for 37 points and he has four points in 10 games over the last three weeks. But those in fantasy leagues that count hits are actually doing well by him. His 119 hits sit him fourth in the league behind the usual names you see there - Dustin Brown, Matt Martin and Chris Neil. And drilling down to the last three weeks, Franson sits third in the league.
Here is a look at the top hitters over the last three weeks, courtesy of Frozen Pool .
Of note, Cal Clutterbuck is quickly climbing the chart, giving the Islanders two of the best hitters in the game. Los Angeles rearguard Jake Muzzin sits 68th in the league in hits - but has really stepped it up lately. And one other interesting find is Florida rookie Jimmy Hayes, acquired in the Kris Versteeg deal, has been throwing his 6-5 frame around a lot - 28 times in 10 games, to be exact.
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No. 1 Star: Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period, but Sutter scored the only goal in the shootout for the 4-3 win over the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh scored twice in a 1:01 span early in the third to build that 3-1 lead. Sutter scored the third goal, his seventh of the season, with this wicked backhander:
No. 2 Star: Damien Brunner, New Jersey Devils
The Swiss import scored a goal and notched an assist as the Devils downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2. After slumping since early October, Brunner now has four goals and five points in his last four games. His goal tonight put New Jersey up 4-1 and came in creative fashion:
No. 3 Star: Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils
Jagr passed Steve Yzerman for eighth on the NHL all-time goals list with his 693rd. He's now one behind Mark Messier. His goal also stood as the game winner, giving him 122 in his NHL career, passing Gordie Howe for first overall.
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