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04-17-2013, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnLennon View Post
Markov was always bad defensively all season. Emelin helped make up for it sometimes because he is decent defensively and uses his body well, but by no means is he a game-changer. He is a simple second pairing defenseman who plays his role well, and that is missed for sure. It's not like Emelin made Markov the player he was... so it doesn't make sense to say Emelin made Markov worse.

He has been poor all season. Gorges, Bouillon and Drew have been pretty bad. Our rookies/Weber are not good enough yet. Markov is no good on defense. Subban is the only competent defense at both ends.
No, Emelin is not a game changer. But losing him changed the entire structure of our defence.

Markov is worse without him since he no longer has a NHL caliber top 4 defenceman on his pair. Markov went from somewhere around ''decent'' 5 on 5 with Emelin to a blackhole defensively without him.

Bouillon is worse because he can't play top 4 minutes for a long stretch of time. Never could, never has and never will.

The 3rd pair is worse.

The penalty kill is in shambles.

As a result of all of this and other factors, goaltending is struggling.

It's a trickle down effect.

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