Mar 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Your Second Line Center For The Montreal Canadiens Is...

We have cast our vote for who will be the Montreal Canadiens second line center next season, and Tomas Plekanec won rather decisively. Plekanec led the way with 47% of the vote, followed by Alex Galchenyuk who had 27% and Lars Eller who was picked 26% of the time.

Our lineup now looks like:

Pacioretty – Desharnais – Parenteau

********** – Plekanec – *********

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********** – *********** – **********

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********** – **********

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Plekanec is the safest pick on the Habs roster, as he has been a steady two way performer for the past several years, and is likely to face the toughest opposition of any Canadiens forward once again this season.

May 27, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) and New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) battle for the puck during the third period in the game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Plekanec led all Habs forwards in shorthanded ice time last season by a wide margin, and uses his instincts and agility to create offense while the Habs are a man down. He led the team with shorthanded points with three, and rarely does a Habs game go by and “Pleks” doesn’t create a shorthanded 2 on 1 or breakaway chance.

He is not the biggest guy in the league, or the best faceoff talent, but he is without a question a very valuable defensive player. Plekanec finished 7th in Frank J. Selke voting this past season as the best defensive forward in the NHL.

Not only is Plekanec valuable defensively, he brings plenty of scoring to the lineup as well. While not given the easiest minutes throughout the year, Plekanec finished fourth on the team in points with 43, and his 20 goals trailed only Max Pacioretty on the Habs roster. This was the sixth time the center from the Czech Republic cracked the 20 goal plateau in the NHL.

His two way game is exactly what makes Plekanec a valuable member of the Montreal Canadiens, and the perfect fit as their second line center. Galchenyuk is not quite ready defensively to be counted on as a second line center, and Eller has not shown he can score on a consistent enough basis to be a top six center.

While the two younger Habs learn the ropes of being an important member of the Canadiens, they have the perfect mentor in Tomas Plekanec to show them how to play at both ends of the ice on a nightly basis.

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