Is Marc-Edouard Vlasic disappointed that he doesn’t have that much of a spotlight on him at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi?
Not at all. Take a look at what he plays on in the NHL and you’ll understand why.
Vlasic plays for the San Jose Sharks where big names like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Dan Boyle reside. With those big name players taking the spotlight, Vlasic is free to play his game without too many people looking into his game.
The people that did look into his game were obviously the important ones. Being named to Team Canada, Vlasic is expected to bring the same game to Canada as he does for San Jose, a two-way game that also allows a more offensive partner to play his game.
With all the attention elsewhere, Vlasic has had a pretty respectable season in San Jose this year. In 59 games, he has 4 goals and 14 assists for 18 points. The chemistry that he has with Marleau could also help him in Sochi.
After Canada’s practice yesterday, Vlasic had this to say about being in the Canadian spotlight.
“That isn’t much of a factor for me… I’m a quiet guy. I just do what I do on the ice. Other than that, as long as your peers and coaches know you, to me that’s what’s most important.”
Vlasic sounds like the defenseman that every NHL coach wants to have on their team. Unfortunately for the 29 other coaches, its Todd McLellan who gets the pleasure of coaching him.