When a player's nickname is "Pickles," he doesn't sound intimidating. So far in Marc-Edouard Vlasic's three-year career, he hasn't exactly been as feared as Chris Pronger. But the 22-year-old veteran has started to come of his shell a little bit. And, yes, I'm aware of the irony of the phrase "22-year-old veteran." The second-round, 35th-overall pick in 2005 was drafted by the San Jose Sharks whith the pick they got from Calgary when they traded goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to the Flames in 2003. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vlasic enjoyed success playing under Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy for the Quebec Ramparts from the QMJHL. When Vlasic unexpectedly cracked San Jose's roster in the 2006-07 season, former head coach Ron Wilson and his coaching staff tried to ...
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