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02-23-2013, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Craig71 View Post
Markov is the slowest but by no means is it a detriment to his game, he is also probably the smartest guy out there. It would be a definte asset if he was faster but it does not affect his ability to be a good d man.
I felt actually that it was a HUGE detriment to his games lately, even on the PP. He's been beaten badly multiple times at 5v5, and in the last game against the Islanders I remember a time on the PP where the puck exited the zone about 2 meters from him because he couldn't skate to stop it, ANY other d-man in the team would've caught that puck.

He looks at times like he's not even trying to get to places anymore because he has a hard time skating there. Skating just looks like a serious effort, and I think it's affecting his overall play a lot, and it worsened significantly as the season progressed. There's a reason why he was so efficient in the beginning of the season and it decreased gradually, it's not because he lost his brain power...

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