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02-15-2013, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
That is hogwash.

They all play comparable minutes and both Staal and Bolland play a far more physical game than Plekanec.
Hogwash is to ignore the impact of playing on a team behind the likes of Crosby/malkin or toews/Kane/hossa, vs being the #1 target of the opposition.

As much as bolland & stall may be used by their teams vs the oppositions best, the opposite isn't true.

Plekanec, for the past several years, has been the habs #1 C, on top of being the guy used vs the oppositions best, he's also been the target the the oppositions best defence most of the time.

The notion that he doesn't "elevate his game" is pure BS. One look at his consistently high level of play with the Czech squad (amazing what he can do with some talented linemates, isn't it) shows that the guy can compete well in clutch situations.

Like koi I before him, he's simply never been adequately surrounded with the habs to be that effective come playoff time.

He's not an elite guy who will create his own offence regardless of linemates & fwd depth, sure, but that's a far cry from labelling him the way you are.

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