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09-25-2003, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Habber
Another reason is that our d-men are not that great defensively (breezer, Markov) or not that great at all(the rest).
To put Markov and Breezer in the same example is an insult to Markov's defensive abilities. One had the worst +/- stat of the team, the other one had the best. Guess which one's who... Ironlically, They played together part of the year...

Markov isn't physical but is sound and smart positionally. He cannot overpower other players or clear the crease, which makes me think it'll be a good thing if we can match him with Komisarek in a year or two, but he's always perfectly positioned on the ice. His few turnovers are the result of fancy moves where he overhandles the puck but very few times did those mistakes actually translated into goals against.

Given the young age of Markov and his already stellar maturity at both ends of the ice, one can only assume he'll become the best 2-way Dman this year for the Habs. Markov doesn't need someone to cover for him as he's usually the deepest D in the offensive zone but the 1st one to come back in his own, but he however needs a big and physical Dman to play with him to 1) clear the crease and 2) protect him from all the vicious attacks he was the victim of last year.

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