Fun to see he isn't even considered for the Norris on the main board. At least half poster don't put him top ten. What's with the underrating? It's obvious he is top 5. I know every hab is overrated according to most non habs fans but this is just ridiculous... The same goes with the subban who can't play defense myth. He plays a VERY SOUND defensive game and have been for quite a while. He is gonna be one of a kind. Yet almost every poster say he can't play defense and won't make it or be a 6th d-man.
This man is the only player minus lappiere tht comes in everday night and puts in an effort. He should def be considerd for the norris but he has no chance of winning. As we all has habs fans kno he is highly underated in our league. Markov is our corner stone, hes our best player on the team hands down. Let alone his quiet cool and collective guy, whos contract is basicaly a home town discount cuz he loves playing here. He can easily fetch 7m somewhere else.
Markov i praise you, you are one of the only habs players who has made me proud this year ( so far )
So if Kovalev doesn't surpass Markov in point totals, which seems unlikely, Markov will be the first defensemen to lead the Habs in scoring since 1921-192 when Sprague Cleghorn led the team in scoring.
I don't think this a reflection on poor team offence, the habs's offence is respectable and barring injuries/PP problems it would be a league leader. Again the habs have a pretty balance offence this season, 7 guys on pace for 50 pts (if they played a full season), but the only one really having an amazing season is Markov and as the #2 ranked D point producer in the league (and no superstar forwards to compete with like Greene has with Ovechkin, or Rafalski has with Datsyuk) he earned that #1 rank ont he habs.
I heard them talk about this on last night's broadcast, and its sort of a telling stat about this season. Its not that Markov isn't capable of doing so, rather that there's no way he should be with this talent level.
After Markov, the only Habs who might've led the team in scoring, to my mind, are Tanguay and Lang. Which reflects well on the Habs improved pro scouting, but not so well on everyone else who was here last season.
If they'd both stayed healthy all year, I don't think the wheels would've come off like they did.