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04-08-2013, 12:01 PM
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Picture an opposition dumping the puck into the Habs zone. From the games I've watched, much more often than not, Emelin fetches the puck instead of Markov. This lowers the risk for Markov to get a bad hit from fore-checkers. If there was a stat that I can objectively show that Emelin fetches the puck on dump-ins vast majority of the time I'd show it. Unfortunately, it's tough to make an argument based on something someone would have to 'take their word for it'.
I find he is one of the better D on the team that is able to maintain possession of the puck despite being hit along the boards and Markov might miss that and his fetching the puck. Maybe it's me. Can Drewiske do the same? We'll find out soon enough.
He's the first doing it more often than not because Markov now lacks the foot speed to do it, and often is pinching in the neutral zone to cut the plays right from the source.
Emelin might have been doing it, others can do it too.
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