I totally understand those of you who are saying to wait more than three games, but the amount of skill and intelligence he has displayed in three games alone is really quite astonishing. The Habs look like a completely different team. If you have any doubts, you should tune into the games against the Cats and Caps.
But, now we need to see what he can do against even stronger competition.
Some people around here are ridiculous the way vet dmen like Campbell, Markov & Boyle are never on top 10 lists yet anchor their teams and consistently put up great #s. hfboards is so stupidly faddish.
You gotta remember that a lot of posters on this website are rather young. While others just have short-term memory when it comes to the NHL.
Markov can still makes the breakout pass like no one in this league. That's what i like the most, obviously he can still run a PP also.
Dunno why there was any doubt. He's pretty much the best in those 2 specifics categories in the entire league and it's 2 categories for which his physical condition (soft knee? slower? not as strong? etc.) doesnt come into play.
He still have his elite vision. That's a positive for the habs for sure.
He's always been brilliant offensively. Defensively? Not bad but not great. Where he ranks depends on how much you value offense vs defense. Because offensively he was probably a top 5 blueliner in his prime. Overall though, I always had a tough time seeing him as being any higher than maybe 10th. The man can run a powerplay but I wouldn't consider him elite defensively the way I would with some other blueliners out there.
He was always a tier 2 in terms of the best defensmen. Reminded me of Gary Suter. Really, really good but never quite up there with the truly elite blueliners.