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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caniac2000</b></div><div>Trust me, I doubt he's better defensively. It's much more difficult to play D consistantly when you are facing a different top line every damn night, so to some regard it's easier to defend in the playoffs and it's why it's more grueling, I'm not saying Makar is a bad player, far from it, but I wouldn't be counting your chickens before they hatch here is all.</div></div>
Makar is more than capable of quarterbacking a power play at the NHL level, and his speed lets him takes risk and recover quickly. It's common for teams to let forwards quarterback their power plays, and any defensemen in the NHL, no matter how little they've played in the NHL, is a better defender than a forward who's an NHL regular. Krug first hopped into the Boston lineup in the power play during the playoffs and quarterbacked it then as a rookie d man and has been in that role ever since.
He will most likely continue to be sheltered 5 on 5, but he has what it takes to be on a pp1 unit.