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Marc-Edouard Vlasic stepping up
Young defenseman has transitioned to veteran
10/13/13 - By Zack Bodenstein -

With all the talk over the Sharks' 19-year old rookie sensation Tomas Hertl, and the Sharks' stellar 4-0-0 start, many people have been under looking the outstanding 2-way play of Sharks Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic has always been known as a solid defensive defenseman, who can be heavily relied on to block shots, eat up valuable minutes and shut down the best of the oppositions players. However, he's much more than that now.

Vlasic's offensive upside is really starting to show. After having only 7 points in last years 48 game campaign, Vlasic has already put up 5 points in his first 4 games to begin the 2013-2014 season. Vlasic is already a plus-7 on the season, as his defensive duties have not been left behind him, despite his offensive pickup.

His game has evolved in a big way, as he's starting to jump up in the offensive rushes and become more offensive minded. At the same time, he still maintains a very smart defensive game, making him a very effective defenseman.

This is Vlasic's 8th year in the NHL, and over the years he's been paired with the likes of guys such as Dan Boyle, Rob Blake, Brian Campbell and Brad Stuart. He's developed extremely well in all 3 zones since being drafted 35th overall in 2005.

He's just looked like a complete player. Vlasic has been eating up valuable minutes of shutting down the best of the opposition, saving Dan Boyle's ageing legs. This has made Vlasic an even more valuable Defenseman to the Sharks.

There are also discussions of Vlasic possibly making Team Canada for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi. Canada's Defensive depth has a lack of left-handed shooting Defenseman, and after seeing the way Vlasic has developed, perhaps he has a chance to make this team and shut down the best players in the world.

Vlasic's entire game has been impressive, so far. The Sharks are off to another blistering hot start to the season. Hopefully they can stay consistent throughout their entire game. Go Sharks Go!

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