The right way to do it is to click on the Stats tab on nhl.com and look up the PPP leaders for defensemen. That should give you an idea of how to find the best tandem.
I think there might be too many intangibles to forecast next season based on last. Karlsson being here a full year, Gonchar's addition, Phaneuf being there a full year, Subban, etc. etc.
Markov/Subban might be pretty good, but they no-longer have Kovalev, who was also a huge part of that powerplay.
I look at Karlsson's 18 points in his last 16 games, I look at Pittsburgh climbing from bottom-three if not bottom-two to where they finished on the year -- all after Gonchar came back from injury. And I think I have a legitimate reason to get very, very excited at the possibilities. Even without Kovalev regaining his magic we have some very skilled forwards up-front. But I strongly believe that Kovalev will have a rebound year, bolstered by the presence of Gonchar on the back-end. All those dreams of Sochi will keep these Russians motivated. Have you ever been to Sochi? I have, it's very nice. Of course I went probably in August, so I'm not sure how warm it will be in February, but it's got to be better than what poor Wayne Gretzky had to endure in Vancouver.
Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I've failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
- Dicky Fox