David Desharnais Discussion (Slow Start & Contact Talk)
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02-05-2013, 07:01 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
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DD didn't play start the year with EC and Pac, else he would have had more points. Plus, imagine his numbers with healthy Markov. Bet he would have reached 70, like Plek did with Kovalev and a no 1 PP.
Plek didn't play the whole year with White, Staubitz, Moen, Darche, etc. He also played with Cammy, AK46, Cole and Gionta. No matter who he played with he didn't have a good year, stop making excuses for him. He played the pre-season and a few regular season games with Cole and couldn't generate anything. Had he played better he wouldn't have been relegated to the second line. DD lost his spot once but again, Plek didn't take advantage of the opportunity. If he could be patient in the o-zone and cycle the puck like DD he would have never lost it. If not in the transition game, Plek doesn't come close to providing his wingers the scoring chances DD does. Good for him that Markov is back.
Desharnais played far more with Cole and Pacioretty than Plekanec played with the inferior Cammalleri. Brian Gionta missed 51 games due to injury last year. AK46 played with Eller and with Gomez and was then traded. Toward the end of last season Randy Cunneyworth was rolling Staubitz-Plekanec-White as out shutdown line.
In summary: Plekanec had a really good year given his role: shutdown duty against the league's best with linemates that were constantly changing and on average mediocre. I'm not making excuses, on the contrary, I'm declaring success.
BTW Markov is a moot point. None of Plekanec, Eller, Gomez, or Desharnais played with Markov last year
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