I really think we should be going D in the 1st round if we don't trade our pick in a package for an nhl ready Dman. We have plenty of promising forwards to keep the team home grown. Our D prospects are mostly running out of options soon and we don't have a blue chipper among them. Of course if an amazing forward falls to our pick we would take him but if it comes down to similar value players I take the Dman.
Marchenko is one of our best D without the puck in our zone. If you watch him away from the play he is all over his man and his responsibilities. Doing all of the little things right. Once he settles in the offence may come along a bit.
That would be the best way to heap way to much pressure on an already immature kid. You can see out there that he still has quite a few things to learn in the nhl. He just needs to focus on becoming the best player he can and leave the leadership to our vets. I can't imagine how s***ty it would feel for larkin to be named the captain and have Z still on the team but just demoted - would be against everything this organization stands for.