You do know Markov was a 60+ point all-star D man pre-injuries right? You make it sound like him putting up points is something out of the blue. Now if you are suggesting he won't last the 48 games in the season, then you have more of a point.
I would personally just be happy he's playing like a top pairing defenseman. It would be a plus if he was just a #3 d-man but he's playing above that easily. That's a win regardless considering how long he was out.
Now, he might have been a top 10 d-man before the injuries, but guys like Doughty and Pietro weren't even in the league then.
Like I said earlier, Lidstrom was in the league, then. The point is moot.
And while I'm a bit unfamiliar about Pietro, Markov pre-injury is a superior defenseman to what Doughty currently is. He has his very elite stretch where he looks like a Norris caliber player, but his last 2 seasons aren't all that impressive, minus his play in the Kings' cup run.
Lets just say that after 3 games this season, he's been one of the 10 best D's in the league. Now lets see if he can maintain this level of play for 48 games. One thing is sure, he is showing that he's still a top pairing defenseman in the league.
Markov was always an elite powerplay quarterback, but he wasn't exactly known for his shot. Now? Well it looks like he's been working on his slapshot from the point. Should be interesting to see how many goals he can notch this year.
Still pissed I missed him in my pool. Was taken just before I was going to. Here's hoping he stays healthy. Was always a top ten dman before all the injuries. Too early to say he's back there for sure because it's hard to say how he'll hold up, but he's a guy who shouldn't be too hurt by losing a step. Guy could run a pp in his sleep