You’ve heard the big names beofre such as Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby , but has the name Tomas Plekanec ever come to mind?
He isn’t your typical big shot hockey player signing only for the big bucks. The native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia finished second behind veteran Alex Kovalev in points last season on the Canadiens roster.
The small 194 lbs speedy center was drafted in the third round 71st overall by the Canadiens in the 2001 NHL entry draft. He was placed on the Canadiens affiliated team the Hamilton Bulldogs to gain confidence and ability.
He didn’t disappoint tallying a total of 71 goals and 105 assists in 4 seasons with the Bulldogs.It wasn’t a hard decision for the Canadiens to call him up to play in the big show.
His last two seasons with Montreal have been nothing less than surprising amounting 47 points in the 2006 season and 69 points last season.The 25 year old is practically a steal for the Canadiens for only $ 1,800,000 a year. Compared to San Jose’s Patrick Marleau who receives close to $6,500,000 a year and only managed 48 points last season.
Not only does Plekanec have great playmaking instincts and an excellent hockey sense, he is also one of the most consistent players on the Canadiens roster . In his last two seasons with the Habs he has missed only two games.
Plekanec will be playing on a line with his fellow Europeans Alex Kovalev and Andrei Kostitsyn this season. Fans are excited to see how Plekanec will perform under the spotlight of the Canadiens centennial season.
Peter Roumeliotis of Dawson College believes “ Plekanec is a great 2-way player and a loyal teammate, I’m really anxious to see what he could do” .Matthew Gerbvaise also from Dawson College is “Hoping for 75 points” from the young center. With all that is happening with the Canadiens this year and their centennial season underway , a Stanley cup ring would look pretty good on the young Czech.