Komisarek's developing his transition game. I'm confident he'll be good in that regard.
Honestly, in that list you posted, only Souray is a physical presence at this point. And he's not a real bone-crusher. He's a crease-clearer, not much of a hitter due to mobility.
I'm not talking about a bone-crusher so much as a shut-down guy. Someone good down-low. Markov is actually good down low; Montreal's only defenseman that is skilled in man on man coverage down low.
Add another player to the mix that can do this and the team has a solid defense.
I don't see what the problem is with Markov, Souray on the blueline on the PP.
I like Markov's game around the crease as well; he's a really good poke-checker and puck-stealer. However, he just hasn't put up the kinds of numbers I expect from a number-one guy. He's basically been handed that role on the Habs by default, and he's still managed only 37 points in his best year ever. That's not good enough. I think he's plateaued. He's a decent no. 2 guy, but I don't think he'll ever be a number one.
Often enough the PP quarterbacks aren't the #1. He's excellent as a puck distributor. Souray's got a big shot.
What's wrong with that?
I don't disagree that there can be improvement, but I don't see it as a necessity. The PP is not the be-all, end-all. Having a shut-down defenseman is, in my opinion.
The team has no shut-down defenseman right now. The right side is very weak. Markov can shut-down secondary units and even some superstars on occasion. He would be excellent in complementing a shut-down defenseman.
Souray definitely is not a shut-down defenseman.
After Markov, it's ugly. There's nothing that can be depended upon to do much in defensive zone coverage.
It's getting tough, too. Zubov and Foote were my two top choices. Both combine the excellence in defensive zone coverage (Foote being the second best in the league), while also being good skaters and having a solid outlet pass.
Zubov and Foote were my two top choices. Both combine the excellence in defensive zone coverage (Foote being the second best in the league), while also being good skaters and having a solid outlet pass.
Zubov was my top choice too, even ahead of Niedermayer, maybe.