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01-02-2012, 03:08 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Middle of Nowhere
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He was Mr. Everything with Martin. Pleks was used as our 2 way centre to score points and shutdown the opposition's best. He only started receiving media recognition for it in the 2010 playoffs when he was regularly matched up against ovechkin or crosby.
Pleks can play against these guys, he's proven so in the past. Pleks' issue imo is that he gets very down when things are rough. We saw that in 08/09 when he scored about 40 points when coming off a 70 point season and called himself a little girl. You can see in his body language right now that he is extremely frustrated, and that is just making things worse for him. He's gotta develop some sort of even keel outlook so the down times dont affect his mental state so much.
Yes, he can play against them.
But he's not a god, he cant outscore them if he has to face the best players every night starting in his own zone without any help (Eller with Nokelainen or Darche, thats not really the best shutdown unit of the league) and without a solid defense behind him.
That was not the case in the past.
The distribution of his zone starts and his shifts, the assignations, they're not on the same level than last year or the year before.
The role of that line is much more defensive, in order to allow the Desharnais' line to crush their respective opponents.
Since the role is different, the expectations should be different.
But as a lot of people here are quite blind, they dont see that and they're just missing the point.
And i dont trust Molson at all either.
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