Potentially the Habs best player in the current season and most definitely the team’s quarterback for many seasons is defenceman Andrei Markov. Born in Russia on December 20, 1978, Markov was drafted by the Habs in the 6th round, 162nd overall, in the 1998 entry draft. Always considered one of the best d-men in Russia, Markov moved into the Habs roster in 2000, splitting time between the big club and the Quebec Citadelles of the AHL.
It didn’t take long for Markov to prove his worth and he has been a mainstay with the Habs since the 2001-2002 season. He managed 64 points last year, topping the Habs roster and accomplishing a personal best; 2009-2010 looked to be even more promising until a freak accident during a tangle-up with Montreal goaltender Carey Price saw Markov sidelined for four months with a severed tendon in his foot.