2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic Report Card

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2011-12 San Jose Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic Report Card
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Marc-Edouard Vlasic plays the kind of game overlooked by a league interested in highlights, but not by coaches wanting to win

Marc-Edouard Vlasic has the longest name on the San Jose Sharks, but fortunately his nickname "Pickles" is a lot easier to type...

Pickles works because of his last name, but it does not describe his play: He is neither sour, nor soft, nor salty, though he is that one extra ingredient that enhances the blue line.

Players like Pickles are relatively unknown by fans. Because he is not a scorer and plays on the Pacific Coast, fans in the East Coast who never get to see him may not even know who he is. But you can also watch a game he plays in and not notice him.

So is he quietly productive or a non-impact player? Here are the good, bad and ugly truths about his game...

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