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07-31-2011, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ReenMachine View Post
hmm , I remember this era very clearly , and while I don't doubt your info , I guess something is wrong when some of the other D were playing more than Malakhov , it was DAMN OBVIOUS he was better than everybody else on those D squad.

No wonder we sucked.
Better offensively, sure.

I wouldn't say he was better overall than Odelein, or two soon-to-be-drafteds who proved in the long run that they were much more reliable.

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I'm pretty sure he was 1st or second pairing at the very worst in his Islander days too.

He was very highly thought of when he first came into the league and then the wheels fell off for some reason. I believe it was injury and a lack of work ethic but I can't remember.
In 1993 he was 6th in ES icetime (but led D-men in points, perfect epitomy of "specialist"!) but went right up to #1 in 1994. At the time of his 1995 trade, he appears to have been the #3.

He definitely fell off, or, at least, expectations were adjusted. I remember him being highly touted as well, but he got a reputation for being bad defensively, and also inconsistent.

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