Thread: Confirmed with Link: Andrei Markov signs for Vityaz Chekhov (KHL)
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10-21-2012, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
One thing to keep in mind for Markov is that even if he is exactly what he was before he's not going to be as effective as he was in 2006-09 due to how the league has changed in that powerplay opportunities are massively down accross the board. Nobody can get the powerplay minutes anymore to replicate what he did in 07-08 for example.

Markov's value was that he was a solid top pair defender on even strength and arguably the best powerplay defenseman of his time. And the value of a top powerplay defender has declined rapidly. The league belongs more to guys like Subban now who dominate the game 5 on 5.
The powerplay is still very important and was a major weakness of the Habs last year.

Habs stats
PP% : 14.3% (28th place)
PP opportunities : 301 (3rd best in NHL (so much wasted opportunities!))
Total PP Goals : 43 (23th place)
Shorthanded goals against : 8 (24th place)

Number of PP goals if we had an 17% (average) rate on the PP : 51
Number of SHGA if we were average in that regard : 5

That makes our goal differential better by 11 up from -14 to -3, which would have been better than half the league. With a good powerplay (say, 18 or 19%) we could easily have had a positive differential. This doesn't even count the possible shifts in momentum scoring a few PP goals would have caused that would result in additional GF and a few less GA. Needless to say we could have won many close games because of this, and there were a lot of close games if you remember.

Its true there were less PP opportunities than in previous years but having a good PP still gives a team a much better chance at winning. If Markov helps us scoring a few more goals it will make a big difference.

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