Sunday, March 6, 2016

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Sharks #44

Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a 29 year old Canadian defenseman who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks.  Outside of the Pacific Division of the NHL very few fans know who he is.  Vlasic played hockey in high school at College Sainte-Anne High School and then for an additional year at West Island College.  He was then picked up by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. There he played for  seasons on the Quebec Remparts.

Vlasic was drafted into the NHL 35th overall in the 2005 entry draft by the San Jose Sharks.  He has remained on the Sharks for the entirety of his NHL Career to date.  Vlasic currently has a 5 year 21 million dollar contract with the Sharks that will be completed at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

Vlasic works paired with Justin Braun as the 2nd line defensive team for the Sharks right now.  Though not as flashy or well know as the Brett Burns Paul Martin paring, Vlasic and Braun have consistently and effectively contributed to their teams success.  Over the last 5 games Vlasic has averaged between 18 and 20 minutes time on ice.  He has played 60 games so far this season with 8 goals and 29 assists for a total of 37 points so far.  This has been Vlasic's best year in the NHL by far performance wise, he seems to have become a much more consistent and confident player during this season

Congratulations are in ofder for this 29 year old  defenseman, he was earlier this week selected to play for Team Canada in the World Cup tournament.  Many people were surprised when Marc-Edouard Vlasic was named in the first 16 players to Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey this year.  What a lot of people may not remember or even have known is that this will not be Vlasic's first time playing in an international tournament of this caliber.  He was in fact a member of Canada's 2014 Olympic Hockey team which won the Gold medal that year.

We look forward to seeing Marc-Edouard Vlasic continue to shine in the remainder of this season and hopefully well into the playoffs also.  Congratulations and best of luck to him and his Team Canada teammates in the upcoming World cup as well!

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