When looking at the Montreal Canadiens roster, some superstar names jump out right away. PK Subban and Carey Price are some of the best in their positions, while Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk are both rising stars. But one name that often gets forgotten is Tomas Plekanec who this year, is making a strong case for Montreal’s MVP.

Plekanec, now in his 10th season with the Habs, has taken on a more defensive role in recent years. Now that some younger forwards have emerged, he has been counted on to play tougher minutes that the less experienced players can’t be counted on yet. Plekanec talked about his defensive role after the team beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime on January 11.

“When we’re good on defence, offence comes out of it,” he said. “It think the main reason behind so many scoring chances last game is that we were so strong defensively.”

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