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04-25-2013, 05:36 PM
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What has Markov become?

At the start of this year, no one knew what to expect of him after missing almost 2 complete seasons. Some (most) thought he was finished. Some thought he would come back and be the #1 defenseman he was years ago.

46 games in, he has 9 goals, 18 assists for 27 points. -12.

What role does he fill in on the team now? #1-#2? Offensive minded #3-#4? PP specialist?

I am not too sure how to evaluate him at this point. He has always had great anticipation and vision, his passing abilities are off the charts. His shot has always been a good, accurate one, but he never used it enough. On the other hand, he slowed down A LOT, especially in the last few weeks. I ac only imagine how slow/tired he would become on a 82 games schedule. He's also not a very physical presence.

I guess the way I see it, he's a declining #3 who will probably be a #5 PP specialist within 2 years... unless he comes back and surprises everyone -la Gonchar.

Thoughts?

EDIT I don't necessarely mean where does he fit on OUR CURRENT depth chart, because I think only Subban is better, but... if another team was to trade for him, what is his value league-wide, what does he represent?

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