Andrei Markov continues to defy Father Time and all the people who doubted his ability to play elite hockey at the NHL level. Tonight, with his assist on Artturi Lehkonen’s goal, the stalwart defender moves into a tie with Guy Lapointe for second all-time in scoring by a Montreal defencemen.
Markov now trails only the legendary Larry Robinson in scoring by a blue-liner, and considering the obstacles that he has overcome that’s no small feat. Since being drafted in 1998, the Russian has suffered through multiple major knee injuries, as well as a devastating Achilles injury in the 2010 playoffs.
When he penned a new deal in 2014, there were doubts that he would be able to live up to the terms of the deal. Since then, Markov posted seasons with 50, 44, and 36 points, respectively, while likely to add to this year’s point total.
He’s Montreal’s ageless wonder, and with plenty of young defence prospects in the pipeline like Mikhail Sergachev and Noah Juulsen, they should have the chance to learn from one of the best.
"He's the best player I've ever laced them up with" - Max Pacioretty on Andrei Markov.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) March 29, 2017
I think Max Pacioretty said it best tonight, he’s one of the best, and hopefully he’ll get a chance to lift some hardware before his career comes to a close.