He has been a dark hero so far in the season. It is not that he doesn’t deserve attention; but the newcomers Gainey keeps bringing in are still attracting curiosity.
Now, there is a long time Montreal Canadiens player if the fact of having one of the new guys as Captain bugs you.
Having played his entire career with the Habs, he has kept improving starting from 29 points his first year, to 47 the second, and finally his career high of 69 points two years ago.
He was among the KPK line (Kovalev, Plekanec, Kostitsyn) as they were taking on the first line-up duty. Unfortunately, physical pressure against the Boston Bruins and then the Philadelphia Flyers gave him a hard time to the point of admitting that he was “playing like a little girl.”
Despite a tough season last year, he is on his way to a great one if he keeps the pace. So far, he is tied with Cammalleri with 14 points.
He looks like a discreet type of player, which in terms of charisma might not work. But if Andrei Markov has been asked, Plekanec might as well fit the job.
In the highs and lows the team has undergone so far, Plekanec is hanging in there with one or two points every two games and a plus 5 rating despite having almost half of the team switching back and forth on his wings.
Now, what is more fun than seeing the 5’11” player run into the crowd, standing up for his team? Of his eight minutes of penalty, four have been for roughing.
Well, someone has got to step up while Laraque is out!