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04-08-2010, 06:20 PM
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VanIslander
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Marleau! Nice to see him make his main ATD debut.

I was gonna 2nd round MLD shortlist him. He was 3rd in ice time among forwards on the Canadian gold medal Olympic team, playing both the pp and pk units. His top-5 in nhl goals ends off a 30-goal average over 6 of the last 7 seasons. He's been a top Sharks pker for years, has speed and hockey sense and among the softest hands ever around the net. 57 GWGs and 10 playoff GWGs and countless examples of him coming through in the clutch, only, NO ONE ELSE steps up to also score big goals so the weight of defeat has rested unfairly on his shoulders. Just as Koivu and Peca were miscast as top centers, so has Marleau. He's a 1st line LW or 2nd line C ideally. In an all-time context I believe he's a marginal fourth line LW/decent extra skater/2nd pk unit but ideal MLDer.

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