Andrei Markov calm cool collected appreciation thread
Andrei Markov has been really good in the playoffs so far, haven't heard much talk about him but there should be. He's always in the right position, rarely makes mistakes, passes are so crisp. He has a great stick, pokechecks at the right times, he's even hitting now!
I wasn't a fan of playing those 2 together but right now it's looking good. PK is doing his thing and Markov is providing stability. My hope for Markov is that with another summer of training his skating comes back a bit. His overall skating isn't bad but he lost that nice acceleration he used to have to recover on piches, if he can regain some of that he can return to being a top 10-12 NHL d-man.
I'm glad he's here and healthy but he needs to time his pinches like the veteran he is. He can no longer skate back and lift sticks in time.
It seems to me he's not doing it as much in the playoffs, hopefully he gets the hint. I hope they keep this pairing together and Markov can further learn to adjust to the fact that he can barely skate. He's still making good defensive plays when he doesn't try to rely on the acceleration he doesn't have.