The young guy definitly needs more icetime to develop well. Now he'll get it without being mered into the pressure of the second line or the unique style of Kovy. The third line is also perfect like this considering the style of the guys, Bonk is not fast, so easy to adapt with. And the Habs will have a trio of guys that are a decent size with Lats, Bonk and Johnson.
But Bonk needs to heal fast. It's evident his back problems were getting to him last game.
I want the fastest player I can get for a center, which usually means not big. I want Pleks to continue to intercept passes to catch and create a turn over , swoop in to grab a puck, but he won't win many 1 on 1 against the boards. Think back at the Pleks real game. When he is skating hard he is all over the ice in a flash. That's his game.
Everything about his speed game is his best game, everything about his size game is his worst game.
Let him carry the puck a top speed up the ice, let the other two crash the net. Most times Pleks will be forced to the outside but by then the two others would have reached the front on the net.