In 37 career NHL games - all with Columbus - the 23-year-old Torrance, CA native has registered two goals and 12 points.
Plekanec, with his signature goatee, has played his whole career with the Montreal Canadians hockey club.Will we get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs again?Plekanec, 35, has spent his entire 14-year career in Montreal after they selected him in the third round of the 2001 NHL Draft.Patrick Marleau for instance, has been a mentor of sort for Matthews, Nylander and Marner (rookie forwards).Is this the worst or best Maple Leafs trade so far?Valiev, a defenceman, has five goals and 10 assists in 40 games while Rychel has 10 goals and 20 assists in 55 games.Plekanec still needs time to figure out the dynamic of his new team and how they operate and play.Maybe Plekanec skill, understanding of the game, hockey expertise and playoff experience is exactly what the Leafs wanted.This is potentially one of the reasons/factors of why Plekanec may not be having one of the best seasons of his career.Losing Auston Matthews at this stage of the hockey season, when the playoffs are nearing, is devastating for the team and for loyal die-hard fans.He has been to the playoffs nine times in his career with the Canadians (maybe this was not the worst trade) and will be able help deepen the 4 lines.
On Thursday, February 22, the Leafs were playing the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre.
Maybe the Leafs acquired him for the short-run and the playoffs?
The Toronto Maple Leafs, recently acquired Tomas Plekanec from the Montreal Canadians in exchange for defenceman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a 2018 second-round draft pick.Tweet from @GMolsonCHC: Merci, thank you Pleky for everything you gave to this organization.They, on plan cul en foret more than one occasion, looked truly wore down and tired.The 22-year-old Russian rearguard has been held off the scoresheet in 10 career NHL games - all with the Maple Leafs during the 2015-16 season.Auston Matthews is the leading scorer of the Maple Leafs with 28 goals, 22 assists and a plus-minus.The Leafs do not have a strong and reliable defence.The Canadians have been faced with many injuries this year as well (Carey Price, Shea Weber, Charles Hudon and now Max Pacioretty).The Toronto Maple Leafs are a fairly young team with many players trying to prove themselves and their abilities.Through this process he will learn his place and purpose on the team.They do not even have a winning average of over 500, which is pretty rare for them.A seven-time 20-goal scorer, Plekanec was also the last Canadiens player to record 70 or more points in a season, accomplishing the feat in 2009-10 with 25 goals and 45 assists.